We typically keep our Christmas decorations up through all twelve days of Christmas, so until January 6th.
Sometimes we’ve been known to gradually un-decorate, just as we gradually decorate during Advent. We’ll remove the ornaments and the tree, for example, but leave up the greenery and white lights on the mantle, reminding us that during Epiphany, we experience Christ in the world. We bring our gifts, like the magi brought, and we respond to the call of Christ’s light in the world, like the magi did.
This year, we were away for Epiphany. In fact, we didn’t arrive home until nearly a week after. Upon arriving home on the 12th, we moved our magi to their place beside Jesus, pretending they actually arrived while Mary and Joseph were still in Bethlehem, and decided to hold off un-decorating for a few more days.
Okay, so we were really just too busy to take the decorations down, but who’s counting?
Finally, half-way through January, we gave in to the pressure to take down our Christmas tree.
And now I find myself experiencing an interesting in-between time in the Christian liturgical calendar.
Some versions of the calendar have us still living the Epiphany, that season of Christ being revealed to the magi, to Gentiles, to us. Other versions have already bumped us into what is known as Ordinary Time, a time-out of sorts between Epiphany and the fasting season of Lent, a foreshadowing of the weeks upon weeks of Ordinary Time we experience through the summer months.
So what, right?
Well, folks, I want both.
I want to experience the Epiphany as well as little “e” epiphanies in Ordinary Time as well as in little “o” ordinary experiences of the daily. Is that too much to ask?