The Epiphany is a traditional Christian feast day celebrating the revelation of God-as-man, in the visitation of the so-called Wise Men, or Magi to the Christ-child. You can read more about the specific definition of Epiphany, HERE. The historical day of celebration or feasting is January 6, but in 2010, the date is adjusted to the Sunday prior, specifically January 3, 2010, today!
The exact date of the visitation of the Wise Men is not clear in Scripture. However, it is a certainty from context, that it was not on the night Christ was born, as might seem to be the case by way of certain popular Christmas carols. But what is perfectly clear from Scripture is that they brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh (Matt. 2: 11).
I stumbled across the following, and found it interesting that the Wise Men, in addition to the certainty of their presenting special and symbolic gifts to the Savior, may themselves have received gifts elsewhere and from others, and to my surprise, may have participated in what I had originally thought was a purely contemporary custom,…”re-gifting.” And how do we know it was re-gifting? Well, isn’t that what you would do if you received these particular gifts?
Naturally, this is all extra-Biblical, but here is the evidence.
HT for the pic: Tom McMahon