December 31, 2012
We are halfway into the Christmas season and the magi should, at this point, likewise be halfway to the Babe . . . that being said . . . if we take our custom of celebrating literally, then Jesus and His earthly parents spent 12 days (at least) living in the stable/cave with animals and dung . . . and His life was going to grow much more difficult than this and ALL FOR EACH ONE OF US.
January 5, 2012
January 5 is considered throughout the world and throughout Christianity, to be the last day of Christmas. I’ve heard DAILY since December 26th that “Christmas is over” but as I sit here it is the night before the 12th and final day of Christmas as Biblical history tells us that Epiphany January 6, the day celebrating the arrival of the Magi, Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, who followed the star to reach the Christ child and brought Him gifts, begins the new season.
The Magi were the first Gentiles to see the newborn King and thus the word “Epiphany” means “to show” or “to make known” which is exactly what happened on that day as Jesus was indeed revealed to the world.