Monday, January 7, 2013

Epiphany Contemplation

This is a little late but I wanted to post about Epiphany anyway. We only began celebrating Epiphany three years ago. The day is a day of quietness and contemplation for us. We have incorporated other annual traditions into this day and love our new family tradition. For the past 6 years we have brought in the new year by taking down the Christmas tree and decorations, this we still do, but we leave the nativity up till the 6th of January now. I bake banana bread (we didn't like the King's loaf recipe) and the house fills with the wonderful sent of baking and newness. This year we were unable due to pregnancy, but for the past 6 years we have gone to the river to feed the ducks in the winter. We've incorporated that tradition also into our Epiphany celebrations. It's quiet and simple, but we like it this way. At the end of the day, just before bed, the nativity gets wrapped up and put away till next Christmas. It's so beautiful that I have a hard time wrapping it up and putting it away, but it makes it that much more special to set out the next Christmas season.
How does your family bring in the New Year and/or celebrate Epiphany?

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