To most, today is the celebration of Epiphany: remembering the arrival of the Magi and the presentation of the Christ to the Gentiles. But in some circles, today is also known as “Women’s Christmas.” In particular, the Irish/Celtic tradition celebrates January 6 as the day when women gather together to relax and refresh after the busyness of the season and leave the household duties to the men. We’re told that Mary treasured up her thoughts and pondered them in her heart. What an amazing time it was for her and her new baby. I’m sure she also shared these events with her trusted friends, contemplating and conversing about all of the astonishing things that had happened.
If you plan to gather with friends this week, the playlist features women’s choirs signing music of the season.