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Epiphany, and Epiphanies About "The Work of Christmas"

I don’t know about you, but this week -- the first full week of January -- is always a bit of a shock to the system, after all the preparations for Christmas and the Christmas celebrations themselves, a short break, then BAM! all of a sudden it’s New Year’s, and all the things that I put off until “after Christmas” are suddenly staring me in the face.

No putting it off any longer.

Today IS officially the last day of Christmas. Today, January 6, is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, the day of the Epiphany.

The word “epiphany” means two things, and both meanings can be helpful to us this time of year.

When “Epiphany” is capitalized, its meaning is a religious holy day, the manifestation or “showing” of Christ to the wider world. It’s the day we commemorate the magi, or wise men, coming from the East and bowing down before the baby Jesus and offering them their gifts.

The more common use of the word “epiphany,” however, is when we say we’ve “had an epiphany,” meaning a kind of “ah-HA! moment,” a…