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Epiphany!!!

Taken down your Christmas decorations already? Not so fast!

As my longtime friend (and fellow blogger), Virginia Woodward, reminded me, this coming Sunday, January 6th, commemorates the ancient Christian feast day of Epiphany, when the Magi came from the east to bring gifts to Jesus at Bethlehem (not on Christmas, I will remind you). Virginia has a wonderfully happy post about the “Three Wise Women” you might enjoy.

Another reason why still holding onto the Christmas season might be a good idea, is the fact that not all Christians actually celebrate Christmas on the same day. Many Eastern Orthodox still hold to the old Julian calendar, as opposed to the Western, Gregorian calendar, which differs by 13 days, placing Christmas on January 7 (per the Western Calendar).

For those inclined with a more skeptical bent, you might want to consider Ian Paul’s blog post about why the Epiphany story is indeed historically plausible.

Now, I know that some of my fellow evangelical friends get weirded out when someone brings up days on the Christian calendar, like Epiphany, which may not seem too familiar: “Where is that in the Bible? That is too liturgical!” However, it is important to keep in mind that the ancient Christian calendar helps to draw our attention to important events that are described in the Bible, stories that need to be passed onto the next generation of believers, as the following one-minute video by the Museum of the Bible explains.

 


Nativity Redux

A typical nativity creche that you can get through your Christian bookstore.... replete with Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus, a shepherd and the "Three Kings of Orient are,"  much like the one I grew up with.  Historically accurate?  Maybe not.

A typical nativity creche available through your local Christian bookstore…. replete with Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus, a shepherd and the “Three Kings of Orient are,” much like the one I grew up with. Historically accurate? Maybe not.

When I was a kid, I liked setting up our wooden nativity creche during Advent season. The creche had Joseph and Mary in the stable, with barnyard animals all around. There were the shepherds, and of course, the three wise men. I lost the little infant baby Jesus under the couch one year, but found him a few weeks later. I loved this nativity scene. And I was really excited about it…. until I started to actually read the Bible.
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