January 6 is traditionally celebrated as Twelfth Night, or the Feast of the Epiphany. It’s one of the oldest celebrations of the Christian Church, but over the years the particular traditions associated with it have diverged, just as the strands of the church have diverged. In Western Christianity, Epiphany is associated with the visit of the Magi; in Eastern Christianity, with Jesus’ baptism. In some denominations, it is celebrated as the end of the Christmas season; in others, it is hardly noticed at all! Traditions are like that, and we hold on to the ones that, for whatever reason, are meaningful to us.
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