The Eleventh Day of Christmas….Tree still up

The tradition in my family has always been to put up our Christmas tree just before Christmas – I mean as late as after Christmas Eve dinner – as a matter of fact my earliest memory is that my mom would do it after we’d gone to bed.  The tree would stay up until January 6 which is the Feast of the Epiphany.

e·piph·a·ny

[ih-pif-uh-nee]; noun, plural e·piph·a·nies;

1.
( initial capital letter  ) a Christian festival, observed on January 6, commemorating the manifestationof Christ to the gentiles in the persons of the Magi; Twelfth-day.
2.

an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity.
3.

a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.
4.

a literary work or section of a work presenting, usually symbolically, such a moment of revelation and insight. http://www.dictionary.com
Nativity scene

Nativity scene (Photo credit: Leonard Bentley)

In short, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany as the occasion of the Magi coming to visit the Infant Jesus.  In previous years I’ve actually taken the Wise Men figures (& their camels of course) and placed them at a distance from my Nativity display, aka creche (Nativity scene, a group of figures arranged to represent the birth of Jesus Christ.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cr%C3%A8che ) aka stajenka (Polish for Christmas stable) which is how we referred to it when I was growing up. Anyhow, the Wise Men and Camels – I would place them at a distance from the Stajenka and after Christmas Day I’d move them a bit closer and closer on each succeeding day until they reached my stable on January 6.  On the one hand that may sound a little childish or something I’d do for the kids’ benefit but think about the symbolism and how physically moving those figures each day causes one to stop and think about what was going on then – even if it’s just for a minute or two.  I call that really getting into the spiritual aspect of the holy holiday…..

Magi detail

Magi detail (Photo credit: JoetheLion)

For this Christmas the kids did a lovely, fabulous job of decorating the tree and I did minimal rearranging of the ornaments.  This was a first, and in keeping with the theme of “Firsts” I brought the ornament storage boxes out and assigned each of them to remove 25 ornaments and place them carefully in the box before the end of the weekend.  The boxes came out last night – so far all of the ornaments remain on the tree.  I must say, though, that in the case of removing Christmas tree ornaments taking them off the tree feels much less like work than getting them all on there hanging nicely.
The kids will be going to the Redskins vs Seahawks playoff game tomorrow and I’m heading up to PA this afternoon so I’m not really putting on the pressure to get all of the decorations put away by tomorrow.  I’ll be home on Monday so I’ll get it done then.  And another holiday season will be packed away.
We (mainly I) have a few priorities for the first few months of the new year -

  • Decorating Katherine’s freshly painted bedroom – need duvet, sheets, draperies
  • Purging Jackson’s room – taking another pass at getting rid of old stuff, stuff that’s more appropriately stored elsewhere, setting up for painting, new bedding, better storage (Big job)
  • Daily Walk – I tried to bury this one in a list of home improvement stuff but I’m thinking that the best time to take myself on a daily walk is when I first get home from the office – of course that works for the 3 days/week I go to the office but here’s where sleeping in my yoga pants and t-shirts might work in my favor – Right now I’m dressed to the socks, my hair is a bit scary but that’s mostly in keeping with my new short style so I can make that work – all I need to do is put on my sneakers, grab a jacket and my tunes and head out for a walk right now.

Given my propensity to put anything and everything else ahead of exercising I find it funny that my lack of motivation to get into anything else right now is actually making a walk very appealing.  That’s a bit of twisted ADDiva thinking and rationalizing if I’ve ever seen it, no?  The bottom line though is that if gets me on my feet and moving it’s all good.

Happy New Year!!

Weather Forecast for Sunday January 6!

Weather Forecast for Sunday January 6!

One thought on “The Eleventh Day of Christmas….Tree still up

  1. Yesterday,, on the Feast-day of the Epiphany, I went to church. Today we are busy taking the Christmas tree down. When you have a fresh tree, it makes sense to put the tree up late.

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