Skip to content

We ask you, humbly: don't scroll away.

Hi readers, it seems you use Catholic Online a lot; that's great! It's a little awkward to ask, but we need your help. If you have already donated, we sincerely thank you. We're not salespeople, but we depend on donations averaging $14.76 and fewer than 1% of readers give. If you donate just $5.00, the price of your coffee, Catholic Online School could keep thriving. Thank you.

Help Now >

5 ways to celebrate the day after Christmas

What will YOU be doing after Christmas?

The month of December is full of shopping, baking, entertaining and planning all for the sake of a perfect Christmas celebration! But what should you do once the festivities are over?


Catholic Online (
12/23/2016 (7 years ago)

Published in Christmas / Advent

Keywords: Christmas, list, Jesus, faith

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - All your scrambling, hiding and wrapping Christmas presents, cooking the perfect holiday dinner and dancing to Christmas music has paid off and Christmas day went off without a hitch!

You survey your living room, still littered with bits of torn wrapping paper, candy cane wrappers and maybe a bit of dirt from all the visitors who came for Christmas dinner last night.

Now what?

There's nothing really left to do but wait for the New Year, but celebrating the conclusion of this year and the dawn of the next isn't nearly as stressful or difficult to plan.

You make a few calls, buy some snacks and plan to get a few platters and drinks for your New Year's Eve party but now you have nothing to propel you to action.

Try these five post-Christmas suggestions to help usher in the new year with joy, peace and your sanity!


The very first thing on your list for December 26 should be time to relax! Spend the day in your pajamas, let the kids play with their new toys, eat leftovers and relax by the fire.

Put up your feet, drink some hot cocoa, hum a few of your favorite Christmas carols or watch a movie.

Do whatever it is that helps you relax. You've definitely earned it.

Celebrate St. Stephen's Feast Day

St. Stephen's feast day falls on the day following Christmas. St. Stephen is the first Christian martyr and he is the patron saint of bricklayers and deacons.

Take a few minutes to review Saint Stephen with your family and loved ones. His life story is worth sharing and remembering.


This year was certainly eventful. While you're relaxing or after you spend some time celebrating St. Stephen, sneak off and spend some quiet time alone.

Think about the good things that happened to you and your loved ones this year and really reflect on all the blessings God has bestowed upon you.

Life is full of beautiful moments - how many did you have this year?

Say "Thank You"

After reflecting, don't forget to thank God for the year. Thank him for the personal growth, the health of your children, the adventures you shared with friends and family, the people you welcomed into your life and the people the Lord led you to.

God is constantly showering us in his divinity - why not take a moment to thank him?


Perhaps you thought of a few things you want to fix while you were reflecting on the past year.

We all lose touch with friends, family and even ourselves sometimes. Reaching out to reconnect is as simple as a phone call, an apology letter, an email or a text message.

Sometimes relationships fade due to a simple lack of time - but the day after Christmas can be spent reconnecting with people. Some connections may take longer to mend than others but no one said you only have one day to try!

Please consider these five day-after-Christmas suggestions. One or more may make all the difference for the new year.

Thank you for reading our list.

Check out our other lists on:
Genius last-minute Christmas gift ideas,
10 Heroes,
How to keep Christ in Christmas,
St. Nicholas facts,
Top 2016 songs,
12 Advent prayers,
How to spread the love,
How you're sabotaging your marriage and how to change,
How to stay at peace during Election Day,
Horror stories in the Bible,
Important scriptures for your spouse,
Scriptures for ultimate marriage blessings,
How kids remind us to love ,
Goals all Catholics should have,
Christian Olympians,
Catholicism in Hollywood,
Healthy snacks for summer,
Amazing Biblical fathers,
Angel facts straight from the Bible,
Mothers from the Bible,
Bible Verses for Mom,
Things Catholics should NEVER do in their marriage,
Hilarious dog memes,
Inspirational Bible verses when life is falling apart,
Thought-provoking Easter quotes,
How to combat the 7 deadly sins,
3 beautiful Holy Islands you MUST visit soon,
How people celebrate St. Patrick's Day around the world!,
10 important things to consider during Lent,
The top 10 places Christians are persecuted,
Classic movies every Catholic teen should watch,
5 New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to,
Christmas Trees Around the World,
lifting your spirits,
dealing with anger,
common misquotes,
how to give,
healing and
10 very interesting facts about the Catholic Church you probably didn't know.


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2021 - Distributed by Catholic Online

Join the Movement
When you sign up below, you don't just join an email list - you're joining an entire movement for Free world class Catholic education.

Saint of the Day logo
Prayer of the Day logo

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2024 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2024 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.