By IVETTE IRIZARRY (A contributor to VBVMI)
In church tradition January 6 marks the Feast of Epiphany. Epiphany can mean “shining forth”, as in the shining forth of Jesus as God. Epiphany can also mean an awakening or realization. Where I grew up, Puerto Rico, and in many other Latin American countries, January 6, not December 25, was originally the day people would give each other gifts, while Christmas was always celebrated in the church, as a religious holiday.