And, with this, I really do wrap up Christmastide. For today is the celebration of Epiphany in the Eastern Orthodox Church, which both never switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one that most of us use and celebrates Epiphany as the day of Jesus’ baptism of Jesus by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan rather than the arrival of the three Magi.
An interesting historical fact is that tonight, Twelfth Night, was the crescendo of Christmastide. Christmas itself was – until the rise of Protestantism and, later, Cromwell and his Roundheads – the beginning of the season and Twelfth Night the culmination of it and the biggest party night. 😉