From the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, the magnificent 6th Century mosaics depict many scenes from the life of Christ. Here we have Jesus sitting in Mary's lap on a beautiful throne, attended to by a quartet of angels. The gold on these mosaics shimmers so beautifully.
Tomorrow, we'll see the Magi approach as the season of Christmas comes to an end with the Epiphany. This also means it's time to take down the tree and put away the decorations. Always a sad thing to do, even while the simplicity of a house without a tree in it is calming.