Twelfth Night...enjoy your traditions!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)

January 6, 2020.

Christmas tree
The English tradition celebrates the 12 Days of Christmas...starting with decorating the Christmas Tree on December 24, Christmas Eve. Today is the 12th day, January 6, when the tree is taken down and the annual Christmas festival is over for another year.

A special menu, often with a dessert that has a coin baked in it...luck for the year for the one who discovers it in his/her slice of cake...is part of the enjoyment. One of Shakespeare's plays was written to entertain the royal court on this event: Twelfth Night.

The Christian faith celebrates the Magi on this date, known as Epiphany.

Traditions are the anchors in eras of profound change...they remind us of shared experiences from the distant and the immediate pasts...which can aid in the appreciation of the future.

Enjoy your Twelfth Night traditions!

 

 

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Lee,

And today was the Orthodox Christmas Eve for me (the second one).  I loved as a kid having 2 Christmases.  A

Jan 06, 2020 01:08 PM #4
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Li- I saw something today about this being the day to take down the Christmas tree and now I know more!!! How interesting. 

Jan 06, 2020 06:08 PM #5
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Roy Kelley
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I hope you enjoyed the Christmas traditions.

Happy New Year!

Jan 07, 2020 06:32 AM #6
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Li Read - I never heard the story about the coin in the cake but the rest is exactly how my family celebrated Christmas. I love the final conclusion in this blog post. It was very profound and definitely something to think about. 

May your 2020 be absolutely terrific!

Jan 09, 2020 10:22 AM #7
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Jan 11, 2020 06:28 PM #8
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Barbara Tattersall
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I love the traditions that were faithfully practiced not too many years ago.  I always felt sorry for the wise men showing up late.:-)  But, having an old victorian with a "parlor", I leave my fake decorated Christmas tree up year round.  It makes me happy.

Jan 12, 2020 04:15 AM #9
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Kat Palmiotti
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Traditions are definitely anchors! I don't remember anything special happening on the 12th night of Christmas growing up - except we dumped the tree out. Oh well.

Jan 12, 2020 05:28 AM #10
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Good morning Li Read -  I know of twelfth night too and have also referred to it as Epiphany.

Jan 12, 2020 06:52 AM #11
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Li Read I love to see your smiling face.... and does anyone ever choke on that coin! I've never heard of that tradition.... I hope the coin is yours every single year.

Jan 12, 2020 08:08 AM #12
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Hi Li,
Thanks for sharing. Traditions are so important as a connection to our past. I wish I had more family to help me keep those old traditions alive. I guess that's what memories are for. 

Jan 12, 2020 08:39 AM #13
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Li Read
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I so appreciate everyone responding to my post...thank you, all!  Savvy thoughts from you all!

Jan 12, 2020 10:32 AM #14
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I've never thought of it as a tradition, but my (Swedish) grandfather insisted the tree should be up until the 6th. We put it up far earlier than Christmas Eve, so that must not have been part of his tradition.

Most years I wait until the 6th - unless the tree has gotten dangerously dry. This year I was busy so didn't get it done until the 9th - I really didn't want it to go away then, but... Didn't need a fire hazard, either.

Jan 12, 2020 12:41 PM #15
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Hi Li. What a great and interesting post. I had never heard of the coin in the cake but that sounds pretty cool. I will have to try that sometime. Hope you have a happy and amazing 2020. 

Jan 12, 2020 01:21 PM #16
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Hi Li Read, traditions are indeed the anchors. I never heard of the coin in the cake, thank you for sharing. Wishing you an amazing 2020!

Jan 13, 2020 05:43 AM #17
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Congrats on Kathy featuring your post this week!  I can see why she did!

Jan 13, 2020 07:52 AM #18
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I celebrated Christmas in Germany this year and their traditions are very different to those I have known all my life. It was interesting.

Jan 13, 2020 07:56 AM #19
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I still see a lot of businesses in Sedona with decorations up. To me, the season is over when the businesses take down their Xmas decor. 

Jan 13, 2020 12:10 PM #20
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Hi Li:

I know my wife's family always celebrated Epiphany but we did not in my family, nor do we in our family these days. Something to consider. But there are other traditions we have for the holidays that work for us!

Jeff

Jan 13, 2020 08:13 PM #21
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The kings' cake is popular in a number of countries and cultures.  Between the fruit cake, the buche de noel and the three kings' cake- you never go hungry during the Christmas season! 

Jan 14, 2020 07:02 AM #22
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Li Read
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So so appreciated everyone's comments...thank you, too, Kathy, for recommending as a featured post.  

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