St. John the Baptist & the End of the Christmas Season

The Baptism of Christ
(Depicting The Holy Trinity: The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
by Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Christmas often feels like it is way in the back view mirror when the season actually comes to a close in the Catholic Church.  The Church closes the season on the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus which varies from year to year, but usually falls on the Sunday after January 6.  That is why Catholic Churches are still decorated and Christmas hymns are still sung at mass well after December 25.  In some ways, this part of the Christmas Season is nicer, because it is a lot quieter, making it easier to think and and consider the meaning of it all.

The Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist is June 24, just as daylight begins to decrease - almost six months exactly from the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus (Christmas), December 25, just as the daylight starts to increase!

"He must increase; I must decrease."
- St. John the Baptist (John 3:30)