- The Church's celebration of Christmas in the West (so not in the Eastern Orthodox churches) begins on Christmas and ends on Epiphany - January 6th.
- Epiphany is older than Christmas!
- The earliest records of celebrating Ephiphany, which means appearance or manifestation, date back to the fourth century in which the church celebrated the appearance of God, so Christ's birth!
- By the sixth century, Dec. 25th was the day Christ's birth was celebrated. Ephiphany focused on the arrival of the kings! Today, on Ephiphany, the focus is still on the arrival of the kings.
- So from Dec. 25th - Jan. 6th is the timeframe for the 12 days of Christmas, although technically, Jan. 5th is the twelvth night!
- Terrence Maher shares in the article that many churches have special services for each of the twelve days. This I'll have to research.
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