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Educational Helps - We Should All Have an Epiphany

Written by Ned Bustard

The Christmas tree is down, the wrapping paper is on the trash pile, and all the decorations have been put away, but your celebration need not stop. For most Christians, now is the time for rejoicing because, beginning with January 6th, the season of Epiphany begins. During this time the church celebrates the offer of the Gospel to the Gentiles. The good news of Jesus’ birth comes to the whole world with the arrival of the Magi (traditionally named Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthazar), representing Europe, Arabia, and Africa, arriving on horse, camel and elephant, and bringing, respectively, gold, frankincense and myrrh to Bethlehem. The Irish call Epiphany Little Christmas or Nollaig BheagIt is called this because it used to be the day on which Christmas was celebrated. And in Cork, Ireland, it is also known as Women’s Christmas or Nollaig na mBan because of the tradition of Irish men taking on all the household duties on that day and giving their spouses a day off.