Come on in, it is so nice to see you again! I won’t give you a hug or do the bises (kisses) as I am fighting a cold. But that won’t keep me from having you over. Would you like a cup of tea or some grape juice, some water?
If we were having coffee then I would ask you how you have been. I would apologise that I have been slow with replying to comments. Sorry… I just realised that I replied to none of the comments I received on my coffee post last week, I read them all, but as my mother in law was visiting until Tuesday, I did not reply as much as I would have on a normal day. Continue reading “If we were having coffee – 9 January 2016”
Yesterday (6th of January), was Epiphany or King’s Day, Königstag in German. I had the pleasure of having Robin Rivera as my guest to share her memories and traditions regarding Epiphany. If you missed her beautiful post, the second of Discovering Traditions, then you can read that here. Today, I want to share my own memories of the Königstag.
While being a very young Child in Germany, I lived near Cologne, the 6th of January was be a public holiday (if I recall correctly), on that day children older than myself (aged about 9 or 10), dressed up as the three wise men with a star, would come from door to door asking for a little money that would be given to a charitable project with their church. In exchange they wrote the number of the year and the letters of the three kings on the doorframe with consecrated chalk. Blessing the home or house for the year to come. This year you will be able to read:
20 + C + M + B + 16 Continue reading “A Day For Kings”
Today, is Epiphany and I am happy to welcome back Robin Rivera for this second Discovering Traditions guest post, as well as her second guest appearance on my blog. You can find her advent calendar contribution here, and read the previous Discovering Traditions post by Dr Gulara Vincent about New Year’s here.
Epiphany Robin Rivera
When I was young, the Epiphany was a joy. It was a last little Christmas to prolong the holiday season, and I loved it. Before bed on the eve of the Epiphany (January 5th) my mother would tell us stories about the three kings. My mother went to a strict Catholic girl’s school, and her stories were vivid and packed with countless details. That night we filled our oldest pair of shoes with straw and set them outside along with a bowl of water. Continue reading “Discovering Traditions: Epiphany by Robin Rivera”