Traditionally, the Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated on January 6, exactly 12 days after Christmas. However, since this is such an important feast, the Church allows for the celebration of the Three Wise Kings arrival to take place on the first Sunday to follow January 1, which this year falls tomorrow, January 8.
We began our celebration at home by placing the Three Wise Men into our family nativity scene. (My son was delighted since all of Advent and Christmas he has been told repeatedly NOT to touch this particular nativity!)
We then colored the Three Wise Men from Lacy’s cut and color nativity to add to his very own in his bedroom. (THIS one, of course, has been okay for his little hands to enjoy!)
This year, although planned to be read from our Advent Book Basket, the out of print copy of The Story of the Three Wise Kings by Tomie De Paola was missing from our local library’s shelves, but we still enjoyed How Many Miles To Bethlehem? by Kevin Crossley-Holland and We Three Kings by Gennady Spirin.
(I’ve since learned that The Story of the Three Wise Kings is being reprinted as part of the Joy to the Worldcollection of 3 Christmas stories by Tomie dePaola—The Night of Las Posadas, The Story of the Three Wise Kings, and The Legend of the Poinsettia, with a few illustrated Christmas carols. This is a great chance to snag one book with all of these lovely titles!)
After a quick lunch, with a king cake in tow, we then headed off to the park!
(Admittedly, last year’s cake was a bit sad looking since I had a tiny little helper. This year’s looks so much more appetizing since he had a bit more patience with the frosting and sugar, don’t you think?!)
Once a little play time was had at the playground, we all gathered together to share in a yummy snack of crackers and cheese cut into the Star of Bethlehem.
And since the Star of Bethlehem played such an important role in the journey of the Three Wise Men, we then crafted our own.
After returning home, my little artists put their hands to good use!
Handprint camels for the journey were topped with thumbprint Wise Men carrying their gifts as they made their way to the nativity of the Lord.
And our celebration isn’t over yet! Tomorrow it continues!
Happy Feast of the Epiphany!