Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Epiphany

(sunrise 12/23/09 in the Methow Valley)

Today officially marks the end of the Christmas season. I'm fascinated by the many and varied Epiphany traditions from around the world. The only one I've ever participated in is having a king's cake for the children after church. I'd love to hear about yours, if you have any.

Happy Wednesday to you!

16 comments:

Barbara said...

The only thing I know is in New Orleans King's Cake is served from the 12th day of Christmas through to Mardi Gras Day.
Hope you get some comments from around the world.
Happy Wednesday back!

pve design said...

The only traditon we had growing up for "Three Kings Day" was to leave all the Christmas decorations up til then as a way of paying homage to the wise men!
What a cake that is!!
pve

Francesca said...

What a perfect photo for the epiphany! Today is the day when Italian kids find their stockings filled with goodies under the tree.

Jess said...

I got the best twelfth day of Christmas present 4 years ago when my son was born.

Ina in Alaska said...

Gorgeous scenery, Lecia! For my family after New Years Day, the party was officially over. :( xoxo

Cynthia said...

I have no idea, but I do know that I love this photo!

Jessica said...

I've never heard of this before as a holiday/tradition. Thanks for enlightening me.

Joyce said...

Growing up we would wake up to a little trinket on the breakfast table. My mom would keep the tree during this time.

I on the other hand liked my grandma's way of thinking taking the tree down before the new year so not to bring the old into the new.

Enjoy your cake! xo

@_standingstill_ (Tammy) said...

This image is beautiful!

We don't really have many Christmas traditions that extend beyond January 1. I know my children enjoy the tree remaining up the entire time they are out of school. I'm usually the one stuck taking the tree down on the first day that school begins after the break. Unfortunately, that day is today.

I really like your blog...a nice place to be.

Amy said...

I too grew up associating the king's cake with Mardi Gras. We still have our tree up. This is about the time every year when I start to want it taken down. Before this point, I'm still enjoying it and all the decorations too much to take down.

nicola@which name? said...

lovely photo. we always marked epiphany by taking decorations down when i was a child.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

Jane Flanagan said...

Breathtaking photo!

My Mum will take the decorations down today. She also calls it Women's Christmas and will light a candle for the women she loves to wish them love and luck for the year ahead.

likeschocolate said...

What a lovely photo!

j... said...

i LOVE epiphany. especially when i get to spend it at home with my parents & sisters. growing up, we started celebrating when i was about 10 (my sisters were little--2-4 years at the time). my parents would dress up in their best garb (sometimes even switch & my dad would don a dress & my mom a "kingly" suit) & put on a full "production" of the delivery of the 3 gifts to the Wise Men (the gifts just happen to be delivered to US, their 3 "wise GIRLS"). we only got 3 gifts--but the production (as well as my mom's famed "mermaid dress") always made the holiday a memorable one.

now that we are older, we skip the production & just enjoy the gifts & eachother. :)

KPiep said...

We, sadly, don't have any epiphany celebrations as it's just not a day really recognized by our church. However, we have a super-spiffy chidren's day the Sunday before Father's Day!

abigail said...

lovely photo.
last year my husband gave me a some fabric for Christmas and a sewing machine for epiphany. I made him something with both.