Church Seasons / Christmas


Christmas is a season of praise and thanksgiving for the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ, which begins with Christmas Eve or Day and continues through the day of Epiphany. The name Christmas comes from the season’s first service, the Christ Mass.

Epiphany comes from the Greek word epiphania, which means "manifestation."

Use the colors of white and gold and materials of the finest texture for paraments, stoles, and banners. Signs of the season include a Chrismon tree, a nativity scene (include the magi on the Day of Epiphany), a Christmas star, angels, poinsettias, and roses. Gold, frankincense, myrrh, and three crowns are appropriate on the Day of Epiphany.

(used by permission from The United Methodist Book of Worship, 1992) For more information and resources go to the UM website and search for Christmas: