Today is Epiphany, which comes at the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Today – January 6 – is celebrated by "Western" Christians as EPIPHANY – the day of the revelation of Jesus, born in Bethlehem, to the “Gentiles” symbolized by the Biblical Magi/Wise men.Some people take their lights down right after Christmas, or New Year's at the latest. Others keep them up through Epiphany. A few hardy souls keep them illuminated longer, to provide some cheer in the midst of winter's darkness.
These lights are on Commonwealth Ave. in Madison. I always enjoy driving by and hope they stay up awhile. I love their wacky retro iconography -- an angel, a penguin, a snowman and a Santa. Just what we need as companions to get us through a Wisconsin winter.