Today in most Christian churches, I’d bet that you likely heard something about Epiphany. What I doubt any of us heard much about today was Women’s Christmas. Only in the last week have I ever even heard of Women’s Christmas!
Jan Richardson explains it this way:
Originating in Ireland, where it is known as Nollaig na mBan, Women's Christmas began as a day when the women, who often carried the domestic responsibilities all year, took Epiphany as an occasion to enjoy a break and celebrate together at the end of the holidays.
Whether your domestic duties are many or few, Women’s Christmas is a good time to pause and take a break from whatever has kept you busy and hurried in the past weeks or months. As the Christmas season comes to a close, this is an occasion both to celebrate with friends and also to spend time in reflection before diving into the responsibilities of this new year.
Jan has written a beautiful guided reflection for Women’s Christmas that you can do alone or with a group.
Mark your calendars, girls. It’s on next year. Merry Christmas to us all!