Celebrating the Epiphany With Catholic Kids
The 12 days of Christmas end with the Epiphany, which is traditionally celebrated on January 6. In the United States, the Epiphany is celebrated on the closest Sunday to the 6th, so sometimes this causes confusion among Catholics. You can definitely feel free to celebrate this beautiful feast day with your kids on either of these days. We generally like to celebrate on actual January 6 so that we get the full 12 days of Christmas. The feast itself is a celebration of the 3 kings arriving to visit baby Jesus, and there are many ways to celebrate the Epiphany with kids. So lets dive into the ideas!
Epiphany Door Blessing With Chalk
Blessing the door on your home for the Epiphany is a very common tradition for Catholic families. All you need is a piece of chalk! Check out my directions on completing your own Epiphany door blessing here.
Craft The 3 Kings For The Epiphany
Making the 3 kings with kids is a really fun way to celebrate the Epiphany and get the true meaning of the day across to them. I have a whole round up of 3 kings crafts here, so be sure to check that out.
Star Crafts For The Epiphay
The star is a common symbol for the Epiphany since the kings followed the star to find the new born king, baby Jesus. I have a fun round up of star crafts for kids here that are perfect for this feast day!
Craft A Crown For The Epiphany
In my vast experience in crafting with kids, I find that they love wearable crafts! Wearable crafts just always seem to be a huge hit. So what better way to celebrate the epiphany with them than to make their own King crowns?! I have a round up with 8 different crown crafts for kids here.
Celebrating The Epiphany With Symbolic Food
You can also make food in the shape of crowns to celebrate the Epiphany. King cakes that are traditionally eaten on the Epiphany are crown shaped, but you can also use crown shaped cookie cutters to make cookies, sandwiches, or even cheese in the shape of crowns for the Epiphany. Find my round up of crown shaped food for the Epiphany here.
Also, you may want to check out my recipe for Golden Epiphany Eggnog! This is a highly symbolic recipe to help teach your kids the true meaning behind the epiphany. Also, it’s very tasty.
I also have a super fun for kids star shaped Epiphany sandwich. This is super great because you don’t have to cook and it requires basically no prep. Just your standard sandwich stuff and a star shaped cookie cutter.
Liturgical Tea Party For 3 Kings Day
We love to celebrate feast days with liturgical tea parties, and the Epiphany is an extra fun day to celebrate with a tea party! Check out our Epiphany tea party complete with menu plan, centerpiece ideas, book idea, and more.
Epiphany Songs To Sing
- We 3 Kings
When I was a kid I just absolutely loved this claymation version of the “We 3 Kings” song featuring the California Raisins. I still like to watch it with my kids for the Epiphany!
Epiphany Picture Books To Read
- We Three Kings– A beautiful little picture book that follows the lyrics from the well known hymn. So perfect for the Epiphany!
- The Last Straw– a new take on the 3 Kings story, this little camel is going to see the new born king and is getting more and more weighed down by gifts for the king as he travels.
- Joy To The World: Christmas Stories From Around The World– this is a treasury of many Christmas stories, but one is from the perspective of a camel traveling with the wise men. I love the colorful pictures and adorable stories in this book!
- Small Camel Follows The Star – Cute little picture book about a camel that follows the star.
- Strego Nona’s Gift– So I absolutely love Tomie de Paola’s books and illustrations, and this book is adorable! It is all about the celebration of the feast of the Epiphany and even the animals are included in the traditions of the day. Check this one out for sure!
Hope you found some great resources here to bless your Epiphany. Happy celebrating!