I always tell myself I’ll leave up Christmas decorations through the full 12 days of Christmas, but I never can bring myself to do it. I am always ready to get things packed up before we return to normal life.
This year, however, thanks to Red Mountain Community School, we did mark Epiphany with special significance. We ventured out to the country to the home of our host for an Epiphany celebration. A journey with a map had been carefully laid out for the students and we traveled from station to station and learned about incense and gold. We sat by the lake and talked about the baptism of Jesus. We heard a story. We followed a string in the dark through the woods. We ran into King Herod who had a tray full of licorice. And then we had an amazing feast of middle eastern foods that people brought (and a tray of Chic-fil-a nuggets which also somehow entered into the tradition). There was humus and grape leaves stuffed with rice and many other delicious things. We boiled eggs in turmeric which turned them bright yellow and sprinkled them with curry. It was a beautiful afternoon and evening.