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Tell Me About Epiphany

Tell Me About Ephiphany
Life For Leaders
A crown a top a pastry to represent a "king cake".

“Tell me about Epiphany,” I asked my friends.

I didn’t grow up in a church tradition that celebrated Epiphany, so my knowledge about the day and its traditions is very limited. A quick search on the Internet told me that, in the Western church, Epiphany marks the visitation of the Magi to the baby Jesus. Eastern Christian traditions, remember Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist during Epiphany.

Whether you’re remembering the Magi or the moment God’s Spirit descended on Jesus in the form of a dove, there are many ways to celebrate. Here are just a few responses I received:

I grew up in a Latino community, so Tres Reyes is a big deal. We actually celebrate our family Christmas over Three Kings! You make a dessert called rosca de Reyes — it’s a sweet bread and if you find a baby Jesus figurine in your piece you make food (often tamales) for your family. —Ruthie

We keep all the Christmas decorations up for the full 12 days from Christmas to Epiphany, light our Advent wreath including the center Christmas candle and do Evening Prayer, keep one gift back to open until Epiphany, and I only listen to Christmas music from December 24 to January 6. —Jennifer

In our home, it means that the wise men who have been “traveling” all over the house during Advent (we hid them each night for the boys to find every morning) finally make it to the manger scene. —Michelle

Epiphany or Three Kings Day; celebrating the life of the promised one, honored by strangers who knew his importance. I grew up in a culture that celebrates it. Children leave shoeboxes full of grass for the king’s camel’s to eat while they sleep; finding a present in the box in the morning. —Sandy

No matter how we celebrate Epiphany — also known as the twelfth Day of Christmas — on that day (and every day) we are invited to consider the revelation of God in his Son as human in Jesus Christ.[1]


My real name is Debra (Debbie Sue). Sarah is a nickname given to me in high school. My husband has always called me that so here in Florida It's all I am known by. I was born and raised in Illinois. My son and I moved to Colorado in 1982. I taught school for 17 years. Then I ran a homeschooling/preschool/daycare until 2006 when I moved to Florida after my son, Bobby died suddenly. He was almost 26. Danny and I live and work at a state park here. I miss the mountains and climate of Colorado. I miss snow and the four seasons. I miss Bobby.

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