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By Jennifer Gregory Miller, Catholic Culture, Nov 30, 2021

Jennifer Gregory Miller is an experienced homemaker, mother, CGS catechist and authority on living the liturgical year. She is the primary developer of’s liturgical year section. See full bio.

It seems as Catholics we like to pile on extra guilt and stress. Some even label it as “Catholic guilt.” I just want to give you permission to put aside that guilt this Advent. There is no rule regarding decorating for Christmas. Nor is there any guideline regarding listening to Christmas music, or Christmas parties, or Christmas food, etc.

I have had this guilt myself—after reading some inspiring quote from Maria von Trapp years ago, my mother had strict rules about no Christmas decorations or music until after the Third Sunday of Advent. Imagine my uncomfortableness when years later my mother-in-law had us helping her set up her tree and other Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving. And then my husband wanted to do it in our very own home! …

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