Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Three Kings Day

Epiphany:
Epiphany (feeling): The sudden realization or comprehension of the essence or meaning of something
Epiphany (holiday): A Christian holiday on January 6 celebrating the visit of the Magi to the infant Jesus

In adopting a more Waldorf approach to my homeschooling, I have been more interested than ever before in the festivals and holidays of all cultures and beliefs. Today, in the Waldorf circles they celebrate Three Kings Day, a holiday to honor the kings that found baby Jesus and gifted him with the three gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Muhr.

A large portion of our day was spent making a braided Challuah bread to go with the crock pot of white bean soup I had on. We called it "Three Kings Bread", but that only refered to the shape as Three Kings Bread is a sweeter bread than this yummy WW egg bread. Our bread literally took 8 hours to make with three raising periods... but we did it. Even in our crappy stove! And we didn't burn it! Whoohooo! I wish you could know just how big of a deal that is... my kitchen is usually the place where bread comes to die.

Last night I wrapped 3 small gifts for each of my children, in honor of the three gifts that the kings brought the baby Jesus. No need to buy anything...

I have never seen children so excited to open their own Halloween candy. :)

Add in a big green salad, homemade lemonade to toast with, and conversation about the things we are grateful for. It makes for a pretty great first Three Kings Day in our household.

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2 comments:

Chaotic Beauty said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful Three Kings Day also! I linked to your blog on my own regarding the celebration of this wonderful festival!

teachmama said...

Val,
Your blog is gorgeous. Your topics are meaningful, and I plan to stop by often.

Thanks for sharing, and Happy 2010--