"You will be a better mom because you are a theologian, and a better theologian because you are a mom."

Is it true? In this blog, I explore the interplay and intersection of motherhood and theologianhood.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Three Kings

We celebrated the end of the Christmas season on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord by having an Epiphany party. "Epiphany" is a word that names not one event, but many, in particular, the visit of the Magi, the baptism of Jesus, and Jesus' first miracle at the wedding of Cana. It's a French tradition to have kings' cake (with a baby Jesus hidden inside) every week between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday. It took me two tries to get the kings' cake right for our party. Maia found the baby in the cake, so she's responsible for planning the next party and baking the next cake. ;)
At the party, we read Tomie de Paola's "The Three Wise Kings," and then each of the kids decorated a crown. Well, in some cases, the moms made the crown for the kid (notice my fine handiwork on Patrick's crown above). It was a fun time.
I have to say that when you keep your Advent and Christmas basically separate, Christmas seems to go by way too quickly. Especially when the rest of the world has stopped celebrating.
Following our pastor's lead (and, I guess, European custom), I'm letting the girls keep playing with their Nativity set until the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on 2 February.

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