The sixth day of January is the Feast of Epiphany- also known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings Day, and Little Christmas. The lyrically odd but wonderful “Cherry Tree Carol” contends that it is Jesus’ birthday, a belief shared by some early Christians and Eastern Churches. It is also the beginning of the Carnival season building up to Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Garrison Keillor dedicates most of today’s Writer’s Almanac to the feast. I wrote about Epiphany more extensively three years ago, but it’s worth revisiting that old post today.