Today is the Day of Epiphany on the Christian calendar. Most celebrate it as the day the three kings arrived at the manger, no matter it was probably a couple years later and not twelve days. It is the day after the end of the twelve days of Christmas, in some circles a period called Christmastide. This would explain why for many it used to be tradition to put the Christmas tree up on Christmas Eve for that is when the celebration should have actually began. Now we get our trees up (if we have them) in early December. And the preparations for Christmas begin even earlier. Stores begin selling their Christmas wares as early as August. But the real Christmas time is now.
I love that Christmas song I Wonder as I Wander (see video below). I really had never heard it until the last few years and it only took true meaning for me in the past couple years. It is an Appalacian hymn. I can truly feel that sense of wondering as whoever first penned the song wandering "out under the sky." That was and still is an evolving epiphany for me. We come into this world naked and dependent. We have within us the ability to be and do whatever we want. Jesus is said to have "come for to die for poor ordinary onery (ordinary?) people." Jesus recognized he was the Son of God. He taught us that we too, are the children of God.
Epiphany. Christmastide. The time is now. And Christmas can come everyday if we let it be so. That is indeed an awakening.