As I type, the date on the calendar reads January 6 — the twelfth day of Christmas. It is a celebration of the Epiphany. Also called Three Kings’ Day (due the visitation of the magi), it marks the “showing forth” of Christ’s divinity. In other words, it is a celebration of the moment it becomes clear Jesus is more than a babe in a manager; he is the son of God.
A moment worthy of celebration, indeed.
If you’re looking to partake, here’s a Galette des Roi recipe to get you started (because a celebration’s just not a celebration without cake). Sounds delicious, non? Just don’t choke on the bean.
As for me, I’ll be marking the occasion by working from home one more day–and sending up many a prayer: that my car will eventually make it out of the neighborhood; that I can remove the snow from my roof without breaking an appendage (or my gourd); that I can deal with the ice dams before they wreak havoc; that we don’t get as much new snow as they’re forecasting; that it will, indeed, warm up next week, but we can somehow avoid flooding.
It is, after all, a season of faith.
With that, I hope the days ahead find you warm and safe; with thankfulness in your heart and goods in your pantry; with an air of celebration lingering in the air . . .
Photo: Adoration of the Magi, Gentile da Fabriano, 1423; This work is in the public in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 100 years or less.