I sure love a festival day!
It's just what I need after feeling melancholy at the end of the Christmas Season. On the eve of Epiphany, we remove all decorations and greenery from our house, including the Christmas Tree....
Ok....or maybe Jay does most of the work... :)
This is closure for me, friends. Christmas is really over.
Epiphany is becoming one of my most beloved festivals, as it is both meaningful, magical, and something to look forward to:)
Star of Bethlehem shaped French Toast for a morning treat...
A new centerpiece..
The Three Kings depicted and a bit of incense, which the children had many questions about...
It was a beautiful day outside...the children have really taken to climbing the trees at the park...even the littlest of littles are inching their way up with no help from us.
Of course, I am apt to join in on the fun!
Monica and I chose not to help the children climb. I believe that if they can get up, they can find a way down. If we place them on a branch, I feel that they won't be able to get down safely. The children climb as high as they feel comfortable. If we place them where we (standing a good 3-4 feet taller in height) think is a good spot, it may be too high for them...or there may not be ample branches for them to climb down. Sometimes the small children get frustrated, but we know their time will come.
And it has.
Our story today told the tale of the three kings following the brightest star to the child full of light...
I found myself with somewhat cranky but adorable child in lap...
but that's ok:)
Hmmm..the Three Kings look kind of like..gnomes. I found some beautiful wood representations of the Three Kings, but ran out of money to purchase them in time. The children are used to seeing these little peg gnomes take on many roles! Next year, I'll look into making the purchase, as they are of great quality and craftmanship...and they would be well loved, too.
It is during days like today where I have to stop and remind myself that "doing" is more important than "telling" or "explaining". Do more, talk less: that is my new affirmation. While working with impressionable young children who learn and live by imitation, that's the best advice I can give myself or anyone else.
Happy Three Kings Day to you!