Christmas traditions celebrate the joy of God’s love for us. Discover how we celebrate Advent and Christmas in the Archdiocese of Washington and learn how you can start a family tradition of your own!

Discover Simbang Gabi

God’s perfect gift is the joy of our Savior, Jesus. Come, let us adore Him! The Filipino ministry at St. Columba in Oxon Hill, MD describes their joyful community celebration of Simbang Gabi.

Simbang Gabi is a 9-Day Novena of Masses. Churches are decorated over the course of the 9-days and traditional Filipino foods are shared. Find a celebration to attend, here in the Archdiocese of Washington, below!  

Simbang Gabi

Discover this traditional 9-day novena Mass celebrated in anticipation of the birth of Christ by Filipinos all over the world. Join one of the many Simbang Gabi celebrations at parishes across the archdiocese!

December 10: St. Rose of Lima
December 15-23: St. Mary, Rockville
December 15-23: Christ the King
December 15-23: St. Columba
December 15-17: St. Edward the Confessor
December 18-20: Sacred Heart, Bowie
December 21-23: Holy Family, Bowie
Shrine of St. Jude
Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament

Discover Los Posadas

Lilia Leon shares how children with special needs and their families celebrate that gift with Las Posadas in the Archdiocese of Washington.

Las posadas—Spanish for “the inns”–is a nine day celebration that commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made to Bethlehem in search for refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. The celebration, popular in Mexico and various parts of the United States, included a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey, popular songs, praying the rosary, and food.

Start your own family traditions!

  1. Think of specific food, songs, and prayers from your childhood that remind you of the Advent and Christmas season.
  2. Create a celebration around the preparation and sharing of the meal, incorporate stories and songs of the seasons to enrich the experience.
  3. Come together for prayer as a family, sharing your needs and giving thanks for your blessings before God.
  4. Share the stories of your own childhood experiences as your family creates new shared memories.

How are you celebrating the #PerfectGift?