The Twelve Days of Christmas culminates on January 6th with the Feast of the Epiphany, or the revelation that Jesus Christ was born as a baby but also God incarnate. On this day, we also celebrate the visitation of the three Magi, or Wise Men (or “Kings”) to the infant/child Jesus. With their coming, they pay homage to the true King of all nations.
Obviously, we like to sing the beloved Christmas carol, “We Three Kings” on this day, but we also like to read a couple of favorite children’s books with beautiful illustrations. Our favorites are:
We also discuss the symbolism wrapped up in the three very specific gifts that the Wise Men brought to Jesus:
- Gold – a precious gift beyond corruption traditionally meant for kings – a gift for the true King of all Kings
- Frankincense – a sweet oil or incense, usually burned as incense by priests – a gift for the Priest of all Priests
- Myrrh – a bitter oil/resin, used for antiseptic and embalming – a gift foreshadowing Christ’s sacrificial death
If you haven’t had your fill of sweets this season, you can surprise your little ones with some candies on this special feast day… Smarties and Milky Way bars seem appropriate (since the Wise Men were both smart and followed the star.) 😉 Star-shaped sugar cookies make for a good dessert too.
We also wrap up the Twelve Days of Christmas by quizzing each other to see who can remember all 12 sets of gifts from our “true love”, God the Father (both from the song AND the symbolic meaning). Below is the book we’ve used the past twelve days. I’m absolutely in love with the illustrations and the way the gifts are described. We are honored to be gifted so many wonderful blessings from above!