This topic is for posting lesson ideas and resources related to celebrating EPIPHANY, aka, "Three Kings Day."
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Epiphany's historic date is January 6th, which is exactly 12 days after Christmas. As many Holy Days have moved to the nearest Sunday in modern Protestantism, "Epiphany Sunday" became the first Sunday AFTER January 6th, unless Epiphany falls on January 6th.
Epiphany celebrates the three wise men's visit to baby Jesus and also remembers his baptism. "Epiphany" is a Greek word meaning "appearance" or "revealing." Scholars believe that Epiphany was originally conceived to celebrate Jesus' baptism --the inauguration of his ministry, and later became three kings day. Learn more
The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January - also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration. Each day of the 12 day celebration honored a "saint." Some of their stories are very interesting. Learn more about the 12 Days of Christmas.
Epiphany marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of the season of Epiphany which precedes Lent.
Epiphany Sunday is also a traditional time to remove Christmas decorations, give gifts, and bless homes.