Friday, January 8, 2010

Epiphany 2010

Epiphany is still a part of Christmas, and is the 12th day after Christmas. On this day, we commemorate the three Magi who visited the Lord Jesus. We try to give our presents on this day, but it turns out to be one of three days we give presents, along with Christmas and St. Nicholas' Day.

Here the girls open up new Pajamas they got.

A Lego shirt for Nicholas. Why so serious?

A Mexican tradition for the Epiphany is to make a Rosca de Reyes. It is a cake that is in the shape of a crown, symbolising the Three Kings as well the Kingship of Jesus Christ. Hidden in a slice of the cake is a small ceramic statue of the Baby Jesus. the child who get this in his or her slice gets an extra small prize. Here it is just out of the Oven.

Now iced and decorated, and ready to be eaten after Mass at Mission San Juan Bautista.

Between Epiphany and the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, homes are blessed if they can be by Priests. One also writes on the Lintel of the front door the following with Blessed Chalk.
20 C + M + B 10
It is meant to represent the current year, broken up by the initials of the three magi by which they are traditionally know, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar.

The Rosca is ready to be eaten, with some nice Hot Chocolate.
And the winner of the extra candy....

...Is Nicholas!

Have a Blessed Christmas, and Happy Epiphany!

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