January 6 is a special day in the traditions of Western Christianity. For many years it was celebrated as "Old Christmas" in the Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States. Folk tradition said that at the stroke of midnight on January 5, farm animals would bow down to honour the Christ Child. For traditional Epiphany practices in other lands, here's a Wikipedia link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epiphany So, Merrie Olde Christmass!
Epiphany (holiday) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -In the Church of England, the eve of the feast used to be celebrated as Twelfth Night. - Adoration of the Magi by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 17th century (Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio.