With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and with several of us sick, I decided to stretch the holidays out just a bit for our family, so we celebrated through the 12 days and had a Twelfth night dinner. Everyone voted for this to be a new tradition.
The 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas day evening (which is the first night, and the day after Christmas being the 1st day), and go through to the 12th day, Epiphany, which was on January the 6th this year. We have always been aware of them, but never really celebrated this beautiful time….the time of Christs Light coming into the world.
I made Beef Wellington, mashed potatoes with mushroom/red wine gravy for dinner.
Oh man was it good. That is one expensive piece of meat, so it will be something we have once a year for our Twelfth night celebration. The gravy was amazing too, and cheap, so I will have it whenevah we want. :*)
We read the story of the 3 Magi from Matthew 2:1-13 after our meal and talked about Christ. We also have a set of three wise men candle holders that were my moms. For as long as I can remember every year when they came out it felt like Christmas. She used to place them up on the fireplace and I would watch her decorate around them with bows of pine. I have them now and they go up on my corner cabinet in my kitchen at Christmastime. I brought them down to the dinner table for our feast and Mia was so cute about checking them out. She said “all these years and I didn’t know they were candle holders”. LOL!
In Italy it’s a pretty big deal, with lots of celebration and good food. Italian children also have a visit from La Befana tonight. From Wiki:
“Also, another commonly heard Christian legend of la Befana starts at the time of the birth of baby Jesus. Befana spends her days cleaning and sweeping. One day the magi, also known as the three wise men, came to her door in search of baby Jesus. Befana turned them away because she was too busy cleaning. Befana notices a bright light in the sky; she thinks this is the way to baby Jesus. She brought some baked goods and gifts for baby Jesus in her bag and took her broom to help the new mother clean and began her search for baby Jesus. She searched and searched for Baby Jesus, but never found him. Befana still searches today, after all these centuries. On the eve of the Epiphany, Befana comes to a house where there is a child and leaves a gift. Although she has been unsuccessful in her search, she still leaves gifts for good young children because the Christ Child can be found in all children.”
We don’t put out stockings for Befana, but my kids know the story.
For dessert we had affogato which means “drowned”. It’s an ice cream dessert and they “drown” the ice cream with espresso. I found a recipe that used hot chocolate instead, so we had peppermint ice cream drowned with rich hot cocoa. Oh yeah!!
Mia and I cuddled in bed after and watched The Polar Express before bedtime. Such a fun ,sweet evening.
The next day I took down all the decorations. I told Mia before she left for school to say goodbye to all her little mice on the Christmas tree in her room and as she got dressed for school she had tears running down her face. I understand baby.
Bill, on the other hand, was super happy that he could vacuum up all the flocking.
I hope that during this special time of year, you all have been able to make many beautiful memories with those you love!!