I'm happy to report that I am feeling much better than I was on New Years. *Dances*
I was so ill. It was very unpleasant. *Eyes Harry the Happy New Year nervously* Hopefully that will be the last cold of the season. It was icky.
But hey-ho, enough about me. Let's move on, shall we?
I'm looking forward to Monday so much. It's the Feast of the Epiphany, you guys!
"What is the Epiphany?" you ask. *Straightens spectacles*
It's the feast of the Three Kings--the Wisemen. This feast is when they found the Baby Jesus and offered Him their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
It's a beautiful feast and I think it's rather a shame that it sort of gets lumped in with Christmas Day and a bit overlooked.
The twelve days of Christmas are traditionally the days from Christmas to the Epiphany, and not the twelve days before Christmas as so many people think.
It's sort of the last hurrah of the Christmas season and it's very fun to make it a special day. Seriously, who needs more of an excuse to have one last Christmas celebration?
We have a tradition in my family of putting aside one present each on Christmas to be saved until the Epiphany. The tradition started years ago when I was just a baby. My Grandpa pasted away before Christmas, and my Mom flew back to be with her family...and missed Christmas at home.
So Dad had all the kids set aside one present to be opened when Mom got back. Thus began our tradition of saving a present Christmas morning and leaving it under the tree for the twelve days of Christmas.
It's a sad way for a tradition to have started, I guess, but it's very special for us and it's something I want to pass down when I have a family of my own. It keeps anticipation and excitement alive and gives, the little kids especially, something to look forward to later.
Oh, who am I kidding? I'm pretty thrilled myself. *Grin*
I'm still mulling over what I want to make for dessert. I'm thinking it will be chocolaty. Or maybe almond-y. Or it could be lemon-y? Hmmmm.
Oh, and maybe I'll make some sugar cookies, shaped like stars...
Leave it to me to jump straight to dessert. *Snicker*
I might make bruschetta as an hors d'oeuvres. Bruschetta is delicious.
Now I feel like I want a little snack. I must stop talking about food. :)
I've never seen this picture before and I just think it's so lovely.
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traveled so far.
Field and fountain, moor and mountain,
Following yonder star.
O star of wonder, star of might,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect Light.
At any rate, it's the weekend and I'm going to settle down with my book and some hot chocolate. Or a TV show and some hot chocolate. I haven't decided yet. It's such a pleasant quandary to find oneself in. How to solve it? Read first, watch telly after!
I am a great problem solver.