By D. Lanier Shook December 26, 2014
Today is the First Day of Christmas — or the Feast of Epiphany. Over the next two weeks we’ll be sharing about the Twelve Days of Christmas and exploring what they are and why you should celebrate them. Let’s start out with why I celebrate them.
1. Its an Relaxing Alternative to the Modern Christmas Holiday
Today Christmas is oversold, over-promised, and underdelivered. Epiphany, on the other hand, lasts nearly two weeks and comes after Christmas. Alot of what you wanted to do during the holidays can be done now since there’s less holiday stress. The Feast of Epiphany is just way more relaxed than Christmas.
2. It Connects Me to A Global Community
I first discovered the Feast of Epiphany when my sister was studying Mexican Cultural Traditions. We discovered that this is a tradition shared around the globe, but not one I was familiar with. As we began to celebrate this holiday we became part of a global community.
According to Wikipedia (click here to read the article) twenty nine countries celebrate Three King’s Day. Click here to read a USA Today article about Disneyland’s celebration of the holiday. Brooklyn’s El Museo del Barrio hosts an Annual Three King’s Day Parade and in Miami LeBron James and other Heat players were Grand Marshals in the city’s parade a few years ago.
3. It Saves Me Money
Hopefully by now you’ve figured out the Twelve Days of Christmas come after December 25. This means everything’s on sale! Epiphany gives me more for my money.
4. It Lifts My Spirits
Quite frankly, the Twelve Days of Christmas are an emotional bridge after the Christmas holidays. After the emotional pressure cooker is finally switched off, Epiphany is a chance to take a deep breath and just enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever else you’re drinking. It gives me two weeks to take a deep breath and recollect my psyche.
And that’s worth alot.
5. It Resonates With My Faith
To me, Three King’s Day and the Feast of Epiphany connect with some of my core beliefs. It focuses on what Christmas is really about. You can click here to read an article about how that makes my holidays magical again.