There were the visits by the bride in an open gondola to relatives in convents which a later sixteenth-century writer, Francesco Sansovino, was to pair with the showing forth
of the bride in the house: "For since she must increase through childbirth the generation of this family onto which she is grafted, she shows herself in the household and throughout the city almost as if to so many witnesses to the contracted marriage.
or was the dream-- this hymm, this ecstatic paean, this woven music of color and form, of the sense of airy space-- was the dream showing forth
the power of memory now, today or at any moment of need?
Christmas was not always December 25; early church fathers felt that the Epiphany, or the showing forth
(usually commemorated January (6), was a much greater feast than Christmas, and another early writers and theologians felt that, since the world was created perfect, flowers in bloom, trees in leaf, moon full, Jesus was therefore born in the spring, sometime in March when we now celebrate Easter.