Every year, I wish we did more with the celebration of Epiphany. We always wait to take down our decorations until the full 12 days of Christmas have passed, but I felt like we were missing an opportunity to look at the story of Jesus from a different angle. Since we didn’t spend Christmas in our new house, it felt good to do more celebrating and more telling of that beautiful story on 12th Night and Epiphany.
Because the little guy fell asleep on the actual 12th Night, we merged all of our activities into the day of Epiphany. (Maybe we’ll get it right next year!) During the day, J and I baked a Three Kings Cake.
We had dinner (spaghetti and salad), and after clean-up, we all headed to the livingroom for our “undecorating party.” We put on the Christmas music for the last time. The boys didn’t hang around for all of the undecorating, but we gave them some specific tasks to complete. They removed the ornaments from the tree and carefully placed them in a box for me to wrap and store.
All the lights, bulbs, greenery, and other goodies were removed, but our nativity scene stayed in the big front window.
We talked about the wisemen following the light to find the Messiah, and we went out to the driveway to make our own journey to the manger.
We carried our ceramic wisemen and their camels along the lighted driveway to their proper place next to the stable.
Talked about how Jesus was a surpise –an “epiphany”– in many ways. He was a tiny baby, not a warrior. He was in a manger, not a palace. I loved, loved hearing the boys’ thoughts on these great mysteries.
We closed the evening by putting out straw for the camels in the childrens’ shoes. (An idea borrowed from Emily.) Charlotte doesn’t actually have any shoes, so we put out her teddy bear slipper. The boys thought this fact was hilarious. We awoke the next morning to a tangerine and a Matchbox car for each boy. Charlotte received a hair bow. Lots of fun!