By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director
If you’ve been in the stores recently, you’ve probably noticed that the Christmas stuff is gone, the Valentine candy is heavily discounted, and Easter baskets, plastic eggs, and pastel-colored candy now fill the shelves (with maybe a few shamrock items displayed nearby for a bit of Irish luck on St. Patrick’s Day). But between the “major holidays” of Christmas and Easter, we have the seasons of Epiphany and then Lent.
In these last days of Epiphany—which climaxes with Shrove Monday and Tuesday (or “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras in French) before Ash Wednesday (March 1 in 2017)—let’s take a moment to focus on the celebration of Jesus Christ as he was revealed to the world during his earthly ministry. From the Greek word meaning “appearance” or “manifestation,” Epiphany is the joyful season that follows Christmas (which actually ends on the twelfth day of Christmas, January 5!)…
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