Today is the day we celebrate the coming of the three magi, and the conclusion of the twelve days of Christmas and the Christmas season of 2009-2010. I'd read (in A Circle of Seasons, the book I recommended earlier in December) that celebrating the twelve days of Christmas is a good way to draw out the Christmas season so it doesn't feel so anticlimatic on Boxing Day when everyone goes shopping, and so we have a longer time to celebrate Jesus' arrival and the events following immediately thereafter in the church calendar, like the coming of the magi, and the day Jesus was presented at the temple and his Lordship was proclaimed once again.
The author of Circle of Seasons suggests a number of ways to draw the Christmas season out over the course of the twelve days, and it's something Brent and I want to do in future years. For this year at least, because I had that week between Christmas and New Years' off, we were able to celebrate some of the twelve days in peaceful quiet time together. We slept in, we went out enjoying the sunshine snowshoeing, we discussed and made plans for the coming months. It was a lovely Sabbath time.
Without further ado, I give you a final Christmas song/video for the season. Presenting the Silent Monks.