The Franciscan Spirituality Center invites women to leave behind their responsibilities for a few hours to enjoy the companionship of others during the second annual Women’s Christmas: an Epiphany celebration for wise women, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The FSC is located at 920 Market St., La Crosse, and women of all faith backgrounds are welcome.

Women’s Christmas is rooted in delightful Irish tradition. On the feast of Epiphany, Irish women left the care of their households to the men for a few hours so they could enjoy each other’s company away from their domestic responsibilities, especially after the busyness of Christmas preparations. Epiphany is also the day many Christians celebrate the coming of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.

“We love the idea of combining these beautiful traditions into our own special event,” organizer Deb Hansen said. “We met so many wonderful women last year, and we’re excited to offer it again. It’s such a peaceful, affirming way to start the new year.”

The evening will include a simple meal, reflection on the Celtic Prayer of Deep Peace and St. Francis’ Canticle, and a blessing with gifts of remembrance from the four elements: earth (grounding), water (fluidity), air (sacred connection) and fire (compassionate strength).

The cost is $25, which include the meal and Wise Women gifts. Spots are limited; call 608-791-5295 or go to www.FSCenter.org to register.

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