Church Celebrates Christmas Till January 9

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 You may trash them, recycle them, or put them away for next year.

Many across the country are getting rid of their holiday ornaments.

But as the New Year comes around some are still in the Christmas spirit.

Signs of Christmas include a wreath, lights, and of course the Christmas Tree. As many get ready to take down their ornaments, the Basilica of San Juan and many places of worship will keep their holiday décor until Epiphany.

Fr. Felix Casares, Assistant Director Basilica of San Juan said, “Christmas for us as a Catholic began on the night of the 24th when Jesus was born, not before, not at another time. We’re still in Christmas until this weekend with Epiphany.

The Catholic Dioceses estimates over a million Catholics. For about 85% of the Rio Grande Valley the season of giving is not over.

Fr. Casares added, “All the churches of the valley and of the world will celebrate Epiphany, which means the 3 magi are going to come to baby Jesus and they offer 3 beautiful gifts. They represent Jesus himself.

Some churches will celebrate this Friday and again on Sunday. Many associate the holiday with the Three Kings Bread, also known as the Rosca de Reyes.

Patty Hafer, a basilica visitor said, “I wish for peace and good health for everyone.”

The church isn’t the only one keeping their ornaments. Some too keep their holiday décor at home.

Patty Hafer, “Oh yea! We have quite a few Christmas decorations.”

Despite the new year, the trees will stay a few days, some with gifts and all.

The Catholic Church celebrates Christmas until January 9.

Contact your local recycling center for proper disposal of your Christmas trees.

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