by Mary Jo
This is the last of the Word Wench Christmastide posts, which celebrate the time between Christmas and Epiphany, so I decided to research the holiday a bit more. It might be celebrated on either January 5th or January 6th, depending on whether Christmas Day is counted as the first day, or Boxing Day, the 26th, is the first.
In some parts of the world it's called the Feast of the Three Kings because the holiday celebrates the arrival of the Three Kings or Three Wise Men as they followed the star to Bethlehem to celebrate the arrival of 'the newborn king.'
Even as a kid, I wondered about the logistics of this. They couldn't have been very far away if they reached their goal in twelve days, and how accurate would a star be for guidance? The traditional pictures usually show the star hovering over the stable like an LED lit drone. Really?