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Friday, January 06, 2017

Chapter 1, Page 6, Book 17

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ It’s the Most Wonderful Season of All♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 

We three kings of Orient are,
bearing gifts we traverse afar,
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star.

Epiphany - January 6th.

Wise men still seek Him…

So ends my little celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas.  Today is Epiphany which is celebrated with a wide array of customs around the world. In some cultures, the greenery and nativity scenes put up at Christmas are taken down at Epiphany. In other cultures these remain up until Candlemas on February 2. 

Some customs of the day involve gift giving.  King cakes are popular in Louisiana, where Epiphany is the beginning of the Carnival season, during which it is customary to bake King Cakes.  They are round in shape, filled with cinnamon, glazed white, and coated in traditional carnival color sanding sugar. The person who finds a doll , or a bean, inside their piece of cake,  must provide the next king cake. The interval between Epiphany and Mardi Gras is sometimes known as king cake season, and many may be consumed during this period.

One thing almost everyone knows about Epiphany is the three gifts that were brought by the wise men: Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. From a material perspective, they were valuable gifts. Gifts that must have helped the holy family get by when they fled to Egypt soon after.

The wise men were so intentional with their gifts, leaving us an example to be followed. The culture we live in encourages us to buy more and more, filling the floor in our homes with towers of overflowing presents.  Yet the wise men remind us of the beauty in simplicity and intentionality.  That one special gift that you take the time to pick out for someone can mean more to them than all of the other gifts they receive.  And like the gifts of the wise men, it may just become known as a treasure.
We celebrate Epiphany to remind us that we, like the wise men, need guidance, a light to follow.  

O star of wonder, star of night,
star with royal beauty bright;
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light!

♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ It’s the Most Wonderful Season of All♥ ¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ 


betty said...

I didn't know that about the King cakes, so learned something new here today. Lovely custom I think! Wise men still seek Him indeed because God is always with us. That's the beauty of the Christmas season. Our Savior is always here.

Great end to the 12 days of Christmas, Ma!


Mevely317 said...

I'd not heard of the King cakes, either ... but I like the sound of that tradition!

Speaking of tradition! Prior to moving out west, I lived in a largely Greek community -- Tarpon Springs (FL), noted for their 100+ year-old Epiphany gala highlighted by local teenage boys diving into the bayou to retrieve a cross thrown into the water by the archbishop. The boy who surfaces with the cross is said to have good luck for the following year.

jack69 said...

I always loved the song of the Three Kings, however One of my most embarrassing moments came from forgetting the words while in a Christmas play.
A sweet entry.

Rick Watson said...

The more I learn the more I realize I don't know squat.


Words of inspiration on this day of Ephiphany, "beauty can be found in simplicity and intentionality." And PS) I'd love a piece of King Cake right now.