January 6, 2020.
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!