Abstaining on all Fridays
#1
As far as I know, everyone must abstain from meat on all Fridays unless they substitute meat (during Lent no substitute)  with something else, correct?

Since Christmas falls on a Friday this year, we are free from abstaining, yes?
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#2
That's the discipline in Denmark at least, followed an attrociously bad RCIA I decided to ask the bishops office some questions like this, and the secretary replied back with some things my bishop had written on this.
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#3
The Catholic Encyclopedia specifically states that the obligation is suppressed on Christmas Day.

Canon Law Made Easy says something similar.
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#4
Yes, we may eat meat. It's a feast of the Lord and a solemnity so the penance is not required. So eat meat and thank God for the gift of Christ's birth. Merry Christmas! :ctree: :ctree: :holly:
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#5
Though no longer obligatory, Christmas Eve used to be a day of abstinence.  The SSPX parish I usually attend recommends following that practice.
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#6
As an Italian, we still follow the Christmas Eve abstinence. Of course that's also included with a feast of fish.
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#7
The law of fasting and abstinence is suspended when a solemnity falls on a Friday.
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