Why is the crib still up in church?

We spent 4 weeks waiting, watching and preparing to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus during Advent (while the secular world got on and celebrated!). We now spend all of January celebrating the birth, looking back to Christmas, until the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple as a 40 day old baby on 2 February. The crib remains in church during this time as a central focus. This season called Epiphany celebrates who this child is.  Today we celebrate his baptism as an adult by John the Baptist, an event when God reveals that Jesus ‘is my Son, the beloved, with whom I am well pleased’.