Christmas day is over...but the Christmas season is not over for me. I begin the days of Christmas as soon as Christmas is over. I think the technical term for it is ephiphany. Noah Webster's definition of ephiphany in 1829 wasEPIPH'ANY, n. [Gr. appearance; to appear.] A christian festival celebrated on the sixth day of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the appearance of our Savior to the magians or philosophers of the East, who came to adore him with presents; or as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the magians, or the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles. Jerome and Chrysostom take the epiphany to be the day of our Savior's baptism, when a voice from heaven declared, "This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased." The Greek fathers use the word for the appearance of christ in the world, the sense in which Paul used the word. 2 Tim. 1.10.
The 1913 edition defined ephiphany as this:
|[F. épiphanie, L. epiphania, Gr. |
- An appearance, or a becoming manifest.Whom but just before they beheld transfigured and in a glorious epiphany upon the mount. Jer. Taylor.
An epic poet, if ever such a difficult birth should make its epiphany in Paris. De Quincey.
- A church festival celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the visit of the Magi of the East to Bethlehem, to see and worship the child Jesus; or, as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the Magi, symbolizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentles; Twelfthtide.
The celebration of ephiphany where the The 12 days of Christmas was taken from--a gift given on each day. At one time I celebrated the twelfth day of Christmas (January 6th) with a winter tea at my house. I still love the idea of having a winter tea in celebration of the culmination of the celebration of Jesus' birth.
I would make the tea Victorian and add a snow theme to it. I love stringing white Christmas lights on white fleece, hanging crystal snowflakes, serving white chocolate cocoa along with the tea, making beautiful white snowflake cookies with crystal sugar on them and having snowmen everywhere...oh, I'm getting in the mood just thinking about it!
There are some wonderful ideas out there that can get you enthused~ here's one I found:
You can even spin off of other party themes (this one is a wedding) and make it work for you.
We do make the wise men move across the living room to show up on January 6th. It's important they get to be a part of the living nativity.
This year I have a desire to give something to someone each day between now and the 6th of January. The last few days I wanted to give myself to my family that got together after Christmas to celebrate. I had a wonderful time making bread bowls with my grandchildren and decorating sugar cookies with them.
Today's gift was to give myself extra time with the Lord--a very refreshing gift to myself. Although I wanted it to be an act of worship toward Him, the gift ended up being for me--He always gives when we worship Him in spirit and in truth. I was in desperate need of a refill in my spiritual tank and I'm so thankful for today's gift.
I pray that each day between now and the end of ephiphany that I will listen very carefully to His voice and give to others exactly what He desires me to give. That each gift will be from Him to others using me as His instrument.
Winter is a wonderful time--let's use it to bring honor and glory to His wonderful name and keep on giving even though Christmas Day is now history!