Three Kings Day
Epiphany - The day the Three Kings arrived.
Epiphany marks the Twelfth Day of Christmas. On this day we celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings to visit baby Jesus. This special day is celebrated every January 6th. The Three Kings are known by several names including the Wise Men and the Magi.
We Three Kings of Orient Are...
Pretty much everyone has herd of the Three Kings, but did you know that they were not there at the birth of Christ, but rather arrived after several days. This is what the 12 Days of Christmas really are, not the days leading up to Christmas, but the days starting with His birth and ending with the visitation by the Magi. The Magi brought the famous gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Not the most practical gifts for a newborn.
Nativity Scenes for Children
I had to put away the nativity set that my father had since he was young in favor of a more kid friendly one. We have both the Little People set and the Playmobil set. They are both very cute, and my kids love to be able to play with them!
The Three Kings have inspired artist, poets and writers...
There are countless pieces of art and literature depicting the Three Wise Men throughout history. I remember reading O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" in grade school. BartolomÃ© EstÃ©ban Murillo painted the picture in the introduction, and artists including Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli have depicted this scene in their own works. Watching Shakespeare's play, "The Twelfth Night" is a tradition some families have on the evening of epiphany.
This is just cute.
My family celebrated by leaving all our Christmas decorations up and all the Christmas lights on throughout the twelve days. We also didn't place the Wise Men in the Nativity scene until epiphany. They started out on the other side of the room, and each day move a little closer.