It’s still Christmas.
Yes, I know. The sparkly decor that looked so welcome in early December looks tired and dreary now that the holiday festivities are done. The gingerbread cookies have been eaten, the wrong-sized gifts have been exchanged. It’s hard to think “Christmas” once we replace last year’s wall calendar with a new model.
But on the liturgical calendar, Christmas lasts for 12 days, beginning December 25th. This brief season spent contemplating the incarnation ends with Epiphany on January 6th. Click here for a quick 5-minute overview of Epiphany. So many people are interested in being more intentional about learning about the Jewish and Christian calendars, but don’t quite know where to start. I’m very happy I can commend a resource that offers a thoughtful historical and devotional overview of each calendar, but also know that many people feel as through attempting to participate will be a pile-on of extra stuff to do (and extra guilt to feel if they can’t do it). As I walk through the calendars this year, I’m highlighting a bit of background, plus a simple recipe or practice to try that captures the reason for the season.
Some may recognize the word epiphany from its common usage referencing a moment when you suddenly experience a great big “ah ha!” of insight or have a powerful spiritual experience of some kind. Those ah-ha’s! point to a powerful moment of revelation given to the Gentile seekers from the East, or Magi, described in Matthew 2:1-12. [Read more]