Most people know that the Wise Men brought gifts to the Christ Child. What you might not know is that those gifts were given, not on Christmas Day, but on Epiphany. Epiphany is January 6th (but we’re celebrating on the 5th)– the 12th day after Christmas. That’s right – the 12th day – 12 drummers drumming. We celebrate it beginning with a potluck dinner. There’s a special dessert with a secret about it. After dinner, three special ones – Wise Men (or women, boys or girls) – lead the group through the darkened church building – guided by a few battery-powered candles – to locate the star over the baby in the manger. When we find the baby we, like the Wise Men before us, will worship him. Then, also like the Wise Men, we will continue our journey home – carrying with us a special instruction and a special blessing.
This is a great family event – kids love the search for the baby through the dark church. It’s also a way to express Christmas beyond the presents and the tree. The dinner is at 6:00 pm and we’re finished by 8:00 pm.