Though most of the rest of us have shifted the 12 days of Christmas to before the holiday, the 12 days on the traditional church calendar started on Christmas and ended today, with the Feast of the Magi, also known as Three Kings Day. In the Hartford area, Three Kings is a pretty big deal among the Puerto Rican community. Hartford has a pretty cool parade planned this morning.
For many of us, the tree is already down and we’ve mostly moved on. But what if — as the great Carole C. Fay posted on Facebook recently — today’s three magi are three little Syrian girls in a Jordan refugee camp. After all, as Carole says, the girls face a long journey, too.
Hap-py birth-day to me-e-e-e-e-e. Happybirthdaytome.
I’m not even going to pretend to blog today. I am, instead, going kayaking. Submit your birthday presents in the slot below, and go out and celebrate your own selves.
A reminder: Tomorrow, I’m guest-hosting John Dankosky’s show, “Where We Live” at 9 a.m. on WNPR. The topic is atheism and humanism. Listen! Call in! Heckle!
This is how this Muslim convert figured out how to do Ramadan.
And thanks, Rabia, for letting me steal this from you on Facebook.
To all Muslims, everywhere.
And for the non-Muslims, here’s a guide in how to greet your Muslim friends during this holy month.
How are you celebrating?
Me? I intend to be at the town beach, dipping into the town Sound, precisely at 7:09 p.m. It’ll be a baptism, of sorts, but mostly it’ll be a quick way to drench the sweat from this 90+-plus degree day.
(And don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. In fact, I intend to start wearing my hair this way on land, too.)
You can read the column here. Merry Christmas.