Thursday, January 05, 2012

The Last Day of Christmas

Today is the last day of Christmas. Tomorrow will be the feast of Epiphany, also called "Twelfth Night", celebrating the manifestation of the divine nature of Jesus to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. Each gift represents an aspect of the life of Christ. Gold representing his nobility, frankincense, his divineness, and myrrh (an ointment used in burials) foretelling his sacrifice and death. The idea of gifts at this time of year stems from this story in the second chapter of the book of Matthew in the Bible. Bible.   
In France and other countries, gifts are given and the traditional Galette des Rois is eaten. The fun part of that is finding the fève inside. On the blog, Chocolate & Zucchini, there is a delightful post about this treat.

This sweet tea towel was a gift from my dear friend, Mimi in Bry Sur Marne, France. She sent it many years ago. I always bring it out this time of year. It makes me think of her and what fun we always have when we are together, either here in America, or in France.                                                       So, my friends, I wish you all a very lovely Epiphany season!


Pondside said...

Not many people up here acknowledge Epiphany, and I'd guess that many would not know what it is. We celebrate here with special bread, and of course, going to church. The decorations are left until Epiphany and our tree lights outside stay on through the twelve nights. I often think how sad it is that there is such hysteria about decorating and preparing in the days leading up to December 25th, and then it's over - people can't wait to tear it all down, as though the decorating and a anticipatory parties were all - when the season is actually far from over.


How beautiful, wish I could be with you to celebrate Epiphany! I love all the yummy things you're going to make too...oh, I can't, sorry, I'm on a diet, lol! Happy Kings Day and many belssings for all 2012.

rosaria said...

Right back at you!

Sarah said...

Beautiful post! I agree with Pondside above. I've not been in rush to take down the tree or the decorations. I enjoy them these two weeks after Christmas. Thanks for the link. I'm off to visit. ~ Sarah

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a gorgeous post idea! I'd not even remembered that today was Epiphany...tut, tut!!

I've taken down my Christmas decorations - well, most of them. I do it over a few days so I can really enjoy the process, rather tahn have a stressy-fit!!


Jill said...

So glad you stopped by my Forever*Cottage Priscilla! Nice the 'meet' you! Have a splendid day.


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