Do people say “Happy Epiphany!” Dear Reader? I’ve never heard anyone say that.
Epiphany is the day that some Christians celebrate the Magi visiting the infant Jesus and bringing him special gifts. It’s more important in some families than in others.
Joe remembers his family leaving the Christmas decorations up until after Epiphany. He remembers the holiday being mentioned at Sunday mass, though it wasn’t a Holy Day of Obligation. My mom calls Epiphany the Orthodox Christmas, and she always left our Christmas decorations up until then. Some people actually celebrate Christmas that day, especially Greeks and other eastern Europeans.
My dear friend, Julia, celebrates the Feast of the Three Kings on Epiphany, and it is one of her family’s most special traditions. The children always set their shoes outside before bed time, and when they wake in the morning, the shoes are filled with treats and gifts. For Julia’s Catholic family, Epiphany is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Epiphany is the end of the twelve days of Christmas, for what it’s worth, and it’s Little Christmas in Ireland. Other cultures around the world have special customs for Epiphany, ranging from a special food or meal to giving and receiving gifts to a costumed parade (something like Trick or Treating in the US).
I would like to commemorate Epiphany (obviously starting next year, since things got a little hectic this year), and I would like to hear your suggestions, Dear Reader. Do you celebrate the day? What do you do?
Happily to submitted to Works for Me Wednesday because I’m hoping you’ll tell me what works for you
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