However, at our home we're still celebrating the Christmas season.
A few years ago, as kids were added to our family, Jess and I had a burning desire to pass on to our children a Christmas tradition that differed from the materialistic tradition we were all too familiar with.
Often attempts to escape this kind of Christmas culture can lead to a lot of negativism. We all had that kid in our class that spoiled Santa for everyone because her parents didn't buy into all that. But Christmas is a time to truly celebrate. So how do we take a step away from all the commercialism, but still find a way to celebrate?
Well, looking back into church history we discovered the tradition of the "Twelve Days of Christmas". These twelve days begin on Christmas Day and extend to the Christian holiday of Epiphany, on January 6. Epiphany is a celebration of light, mainly Jesus being revealed as the light of world; the one who illuminates the way to a life that is truly life.