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06 January 2006
  A Day of Gift-Giving

In much of the world, Epiphany, not Christmas, is a day for giving gifts to family and friends. Rather than using the day in which the Father gave His Son to a sin-darkened and unxepecting world, many nations choose the day celebrating the gifts the Wise Men brought the Christ Child as a day of giving gifts to their own children (and to others). This Wikipedia article details some of the religious and cultural practices of the day. Of course, some countries are done with the presents before Christmas; they choose Saint Nicholas Day on 6 December as the time of giving gifts.

This year, Mrs. Vark decided to hold back on giving everything to the varklings at Christmas time. They were going to see what it's like to get Epiphany presents.

JayhawkThe kids here at home support at least some of the Ol' Aardvark's favorite sports teams. Because Little Aard and the Grandvark both love to cheer for the Jayhawks of the University of Kansas, Mrs. Vark bought fleece material in two different KU patterns. From these pieces of cloth, she made a set of blankets.

Once the kids were asleep, we slipped in on them and literally covered them with gifts. The smaller one with the large Jayhawk logo in the center now rests over the sleeping Grandvark while Little Aard will awaken to find herself covered by a bigger blanket adorned with a plethora of brightly beaked birds and other KU insignia.

This should have them both chanting or singing, "Rock, chalk, Jayhawk, KU!"

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