This time of transition continues. Tomorrow is the Epiphany, a Christian holiday, and yet I feel the need for some honoring of change from December to January, especially this year, when all is so unsettled and strange.

This offering from Jan Richardson comes my day today. She writes:

There is a custom, rooted in Ireland, of celebrating epiphany (January 6, which brings the christ- mas season to a close) as women’s christmas. called Nollaig na mBan in Irish, women’s christmas originated as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic responsibilities all year, took epiphany as an occasion to celebrate together at the end of the holidays, leaving hearth and home to the men for a few hours. celebrated particularly in county cork and county Kerry, the tradition is enjoying a revival.

whether your domestic commitments are many or few, women’s christmas offers a timely op- portunity to pause and step back from whatever has kept you busy and hurried in the past weeks or months. as the christmas season ends, this is an occasion both to celebrate with friends and also to spend time in reflection before diving into what this new year will hold.

The women’s christmas retreat is offered in that spirit. within these pages is an invitation to rest, to reflect, and to contemplate where you are in your unfolding path. Mindful of those who traveled to welcome the christ child and who returned home by another way, we will turn our attention toward questions about our own journey.

If this speaks to you, here’s the link:

https://sanctuaryofwomen.com/WomensChristmasRetreat2021.pdf

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