Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Feast Day: Epiphany (Little Christmas)

Epiphany!  We also call this "Little Christmas".  Even though the Catholic Church in America celebrates Epiphany on the 2nd Sunday after Christmas - so last Sunday - most of the world celebrates this day 12 days after Christmas ... or, today!  This is the day we remember that Jesus came into the world for ALL -- not just the Chosen People, but for all Gentiles too.  Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar (the names traditionally given to the Magi or Wise Men) were the first gentiles to see the Word Incarnate!  How cool is that?

We'll read books on this Little Christmas:
and finish up with:
Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors (the version we have is one that is retold in narrative form by Frances Frost, preserving the exact dialogue of the opera)

We'll make Almond Kringle -- I'll make two, freezing one to have for Mardi Gras 2010, which this year is Tuesday, February 16th.  I made this for Christmas morning and it was a big hit.  If you click on the link, scroll down and I've got the recipe there.

We'll round out the evening with a viewing of the following items from the National Gallery of Art's loan program (where you can order materials for the cost of mailing them back to the NGA!):
Adoration of the Magi
The Christmas Story in Art (video)

Happy Little Christmas to one and all ....

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