Friday, January 6, 2012

~ Celebrating Wisdom & Magic ~ Epiphany

This day is always more like the true beginning of the new year for me. It's the last day of celebrating the Christmas season, and we have a tradition of having one last special meal together, although it is a peasant meal for sure.

I have no better words than the ones I have shared before.......................

What better time than Winter to look within and seek Wisdom? It's a natural instinct to slow down. Although we don't hibernate, it sure seems like everything around us, and within us, tells us to live more slowly and quietly. Some people are almost afraid of silence, but I love it. Not as much as the sound of the ocean or the song of a loved one's voice, but the stillness is beautiful. Of course long term as some monks and nuns have lived would be a bit too much for me.

The story of the, Magi, men of Magic and Astrology who were priests and followers of Zoroaster, has always intrigued me. They had to travel over 1,000 miles from Persia (Iraq, today) to come see this new person predicted by their stars. There is no known number of the priestly visitors, although we often think of only 3 because of the three gifts that are mentioned in the story. It is the the symbolism of the visitors and the gifts that I like to celebrate each year , which are the reminder to seek Wisdom, and to treasure Gifts of the Heart and Spirit.

We look forward to this special day because it means it is time of French Onion Soup! Since we don't eat red meats, I make it with chicken broth instead. I'm sure it's lighter tasting but after all these years it taste perfect to us. It is a simple peasant meal of soup, French Bread and fruit salad. There's always something chocolate, too. This year homemade gluten free Chocolate Chip Cookie dough is the fridge waiting to be baked up fresh!

Wish You a New Year
Magic & Goodness



  1. Wonderful post. I've heard that the wise men were descendants of those that knew Daniel in Babylon, and that they knew the prophesies of the Old Testament. Your meal sounds delicious, have a Happy New Year. xo

  2. Donna-That French Onion soup sounds so good! What a wonderful way to end the Christmas season- xo Diana

  3. Happy New Year, Donna! This was such a sweet post! It sounds like you have had a wonderful holiday season. I am looking forward to all that you have to share this year. Many blessings to you!

  4. Such a nice post. I like that you have one last special dinner to end the season...and the meal sounds so yummy! May you have a great New Year...and some peace and quiet...I love quiet too but don't get enough of it!

    Rachel :)

  5. Your post is lovely, and it gives the real sense to the " Día de Los Reyes Magos" . We have to make a promise to give wisdom and Magic to the whole year 2012. Sincerely, Julia C.

  6. I love your tradition !!!

    I always leave my decorations up until Little Christmas and this year I am giving myself an extra week because we went out West to visit the kids.....I want to enjoy my things before i pack them all up again :)

    All the best Donna,
    Kathy :)

    ps we had French Onion Soup yesterday while watching football, so good !!!

  7. I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! Thanks for sharing our little tradition with us.


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