Christmas in Church
How might Christmas be celebrated in churches?
Christmas day services
Some churches will start Christmas Day with a midnight communion service (midnight mass). Other churches will have a short informal service for all the family on Christmas morning. If the church has a crib, the figure of Jesus is put in on Christmas Day. The fifth, and last, Advent candle will be lit.
Epiphany is the twelfth day of Christmas - January 6th. At Epiphany, Christians remember when the wise men visited Jesus. It reminds them that Jesus was shown to people who weren't Jews as he was, but that he came for people of from all different cultures. If the church has a crib, the figures of the shepherds may be taken out, and replaced with those of the wise men.
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