Celebrating Epiphany Sunday yesterday was such a blessing. The focus was on the word "EPIPHANY"; the biblical meaning, the celebration, the manifestation of the divine and the moment of sudden insight in our lives! Just such an appropriate way to end the Christmas season.
As we've done for years now the kids look forward to the Feast Day of the Epiphany (January 6th): the visit of the Magi to the baby Jesus. In Latin cultures this is known as Dia De Los Reyes and usually celebrated with a Rosca de Reyes (special bread in the shape of a crown with fruit candy on top) and hot chocolate. This year we decided we would commute to celebrate with the rest of the family. They did school as usual this morning, but then we began a frenzy of clean up to go to my parent's 50 miles away. In the midst of the rush I went into the kitchen to find our nativity blocks set up. This made me stop and realize that living the liturgical year and sharing with family are truly gifts to be cherished. Memories my children continue to tuck in their hearts and souls.
My sister read to the kids the story of the Magi and about the celebration. My oldest then narrated very nicely about one of the books she read during our Advent/Winter unit this season: The Story of The Other Wise Man by Henry Van Dyke. We really recommend it! The kids and family listened and enjoyed the retelling by her. Then they dove into some very tasty bread with Abui's hot chocolate. Oh, and we got two of the five hidden babies :D