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On the twelfth day of Christmas

And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:8-11 (KJV)

Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids milking, Seven swans a swimming, Six geese a laying, Five golden rings! Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves, And a partridge in a pear tree! This song is very familiar to all of us but the twelve days of Christmas actually reveals something to us. I want to focus on the last day, “the twelfth night,” also known as “epiphany eve.” It is the time between the 25th of Dec and January 5th. The partridge in a pear tree actually is referring to Jesus.

I was sitting and staring at my Christmas Tree on January the 3rd (yes it is still up!) trying to decide whether I would take it down or not. I am a bit of a procrastinator at times but I also love my tree. A Christmas Tree just makes everything that much cozier! Well, if you are like me and still have your tree up let me make you feel a bit better about keeping it up just a little longer! There are different ideas about when the wise men actually visited Jesus. We all tell the story with a nativity scene as the central narrative encompassing all the events. There is nothing wrong with that, it’s a beautiful story! Our dates for Christmas are also probably incorrect, but for me that is neither here nor there. Christmas is an everyday celebration. Jesus came to the earth robed in flesh to become our savior (Isaiah 9:6) not just on Christmas, but every day. That is a gift that keeps on giving. Now more than ever we need to focus on the hope that we have in Him!

To avoid embarrassing yourself and being know as the “crazy lady that never takes the Christmas lights down,” I am giving you a reason to leave them up. Until January the 5th at least! The word “epiphany” in Greek means “manifestation.” It is believed that the wise men arrived to see Jesus after their long journey on the 5th of January, or the 6th whichever calendar you follow; we will just call it “the twelfth night.” Some believe that the wisemen saw the star the moment Jesus was born, and then went on a three month journey to see Him. Some say He was two years old when the magi came to worship Him. Whatever you believe there is no shame in continuing the celebration the details aren’t for us to worry about. So there you have it! Christmas is still in full swing and you have a reason when your grumpy friends and neighbors ask why you haven’t taken down your Christmas decorations.

Shakespeare said it best “Well, God give them wisdom that have it; and those that are fools let them use their talents.” I know some pretty talented Christmas tree decorators! It has become quite an art over the years. If that makes me a fool then so be it! A fool for Jesus.

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