Epiphany Celebrated With 'Smoking Bishops'

January 06, 2010

Today, January 6, is Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Dean McIntyre, Director of Music Resources for the General Board of Discipleship, reminds us that this "twelfth day of Christmas" is "customarily a time of joyous celebration … celebrated by many Christians with gift giving."
It also is tradition, he reports, "to prepare and drink hot wassail punch, also called 'Smoking Bishop' … [a] hot, fruity drink … popular in old England."
In this country, colonists took down the wreath on their front door on this day, and any nuts, fruits, or other edibles that were a part of the wreath would be eaten, along with other festive foods, as part of the Epiphany celebration, McIntyre says. Thus today is the traditional day for taking down the Christmas tree and other remaining decorations.
Free 2010 planning calendar
GBOD is offering a free worship, music, preaching, and planning calendar for 2010. It contains the Revised Common Lectionary citations for every Sunday and major day of the church year, as well as United Methodist observances and special days and holidays from the secular and civil calendars. These may be printed for the use of pastors, worship leaders and planners, musicians, choir directors and members, Sunday School teachers, and committee members.
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