Since Vatican II the Feast of the Epiphany has been celebrated on this, the second Sunday after Christmas. I prefer to observe it on January 6th, the traditional date. The story of the Three Magi is one of my favorite aspects of the Christmas story. I especially love the description of the Wise Men's journey as described in the opening chapter of Ben Hur . When my children were little, their shoes would be filled with candy and small toys to celebrate "Little Christmas". Happily, the tradition continues with my-favorite-little-boy-in-the-world.
I love the little dolls I made to commemorate the Epiphany. I really enjoyed shopping for the gold trims. I always enjoy working with felt, especially if it's good quality wool or wool-blend. I used this book for some ideas, but mostly I used techniques I've garnered over the years making Waldorf dolls. The dolls are about eight inches tall. I'm not happy with the buttons I used for the gifts, but I will take my time to find exactly the right items to use. I'd love to find some fused-glass beads for the purpose.
Let's meet the Kings one by one:
King Melchior brings the gift of gold.
King Balthazar brings the gift of frankincence.
King Caspar brings the gift of myrrh.
I'm really hoping to do an entire creche scene before next Christmas. Including the animals.