With the Nativity season upon us, I was considering getting an icon of the nativity to display at this time of the year. Then I got to thinking, and it seems like a fun idea to gradually purchase icons for all of the Great Feasts to display in my home. But here's the real question:
If one is displaying a festal icon in their home, is it appropriate to display the icon before or after the celebration of the feast? I'm afraid that I am not quite sure if the icon should be displayed in anticipation of the upcoming feast, or if it is more appropriate to display that icon on and after the feast, as that would actually be "in the season" of that feast.
When displaying festal icons in your home, do what moves you the most. In the Church the festal icon comes out during the celebration of the Feast, and not before, so in that context the practice is set. However, in the comfort of your house, do whatever will lead you to greater understanding and prayer.