Did you take your Christmas decorations down today? I did.
Today is Epiphany, which is the end or climax of the Advent/Christmas season. The twelve days of Christmas begins with Christmas Day on December 25th and lasts until Epiphany, January 6th.
Epiphany is commonly known as Twelfth Night, Twelfth Day, Three Kings’ Day, or the Feast of Epiphany.
Epiphany refers not only to the day
itself but to the church season that follows it – a season that has a
varied length because it ends when Lent begins, and this depends on the
date of Easter.
I met a lovely Canadian lady, a guest at my friend's home on New Year's Day, and we got to talking about Christmas and how it is celebrated worldwide.
She informed me that they refer to Epiphany as "Old Christmas" in her part of Canada where she grew up. How interesting, I thought. Once again, I had learned something new....yep, I'd learned something new on New Year's Day.
Since I did not go all out with decorating this time around, I had minimal decor to put away.
Today was "Old Christmas," time to put away everything Christmasy until next time.
T'is the end of the season.