Friday, January 8, 2016

Our Epiphany Celebration

I didn't intend originally to do a whole post just on our epiphany celebration partly because I feel like it is still in its "toddlerhood" (we've only been doing it for about 4 years) and don't feel like I have developed it fully yet.  But, I have been asked what we do by multiple people this year so I decided to do a post about it.  

Our Epiphany season begins the day after Christmas, when our wisemen begin their journey through our home till they reach the manger.  

In the past, we just counted down the days and found the wisemen.  This year, however, I decided I wanted to do a bit more, focus more on Christ.  And, I am glad we did.   We read The Real Twelve Days of Christmas (affl. link)  each evening after dinner.  The kids looked forward to our simple readings each night and I was reminded on the couple of busy nights we had that we needed to catch up.  :)  I also made a Twelve Days of Christmas bunting which I loved. 

On the day of Epiphany, I hung up some fairy lights (aka white Christmas lights).  By this time, the wise men had reached the manger.  We had a special supper, one of our favorite meals of Creamy Italian Chicken on a bed of rice with other side dishes.  And, Ladybug made our Epiphany cake.  We use the recipe from Pioneer Woman.  In it she hides various trinkets, one for each person.  Two of the trinkets are beans.  The bean finders get to be king/queen for the evening and the next day.  In the past, I made crowns out of paper.  But this year, I made crowns to be used over and over throughout the years.  We also gave each of the kids a gold dollar.  I decorated the table with candles, our gold, frankincense, and myrrh (the last 2 were our essential oils),and other decorations I have.  I also made a oil blend of sweet orange, frankincense, and myrrh to diffuse throughout the meal.   It was a wonderful evening of food, fellowship, laughter, and fun.

And, that is about it.  I know some families go out of their way to do a whole lot more, but I like simplicity and I love how we do things.   Do you celebrate Epiphany?  What do you do?  I love that we have added this our list of holidays.  I love how it causes us to start our year focusing on Christ.  After all, that is where our focus should always be!

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