Happy Epiphany. Merry Little Christmas. Happy 12th Night.
Call it what you will. Today marks the 12th day of Christmas. In some religions, it’s known as the Feast of the Epiphany, Feast of the Three Kings Feast of the Theophany of Our Lord. Christians believe the three wise men, or magi, visited the newborn Christ Child and bore gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Eastern Christianity, according to published reports, the day observes the “first public manifestation of the Holy Trinity to mankind,” with the original celebrations including the Nativity, the magi and the wedding feast at Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle by turning water into wine.
Some like those in the Eastern Rite celebrate by attending church services. One high school friend said the Three Kings visited her house and left gifts behind for her daughter. However, living in the Midwest she noted that the camels more than likely didn’t appreciate the icy streets that her community is enduring. 🙂
Here is an interesting Jan. 6 celebration shared on The Irish Jewelry Company’s Facebook page. The Feast of the Epiphany traditionally marks when the Irish finish celebrating Christmas, and it also marks Nollaigh na mBean, or “Women’s Christmas.” According to the post, the tradition grants women the day off to treat themselves while “the men of the house get to do the housework, cooking and take down the Christmas decorations.”
Hmm. Does that housework include child care so mommies can have a true girls’ day out? Sounds nice!
Of course, some have already taken Christmas decorations down. We will. After Little Christmas. Like always.
Do you celebrate the 12th Day? If so, how? Share your thoughts in the comment section.