This is the seventh in an 11 part series on The Twelve Days of Christmas, go here to read part one.
Happy New Year!!
Today has been a productive day. I’m about one-third of the way with taking the tree down. It, as well as all the other decorations, will be down and packed away by Monday. For dinner I cooked the southern tradition of black-eyed peas and cornbread. I added beef tips and rice to make it a proper celebration.
Yesterday, I began talking about Twelfth Night and the celebrations and went along with it. Some of those traditions and still observed today. One of these is the Twelfth Night cake. Several European countries still have this tradition, which varies slightly between cultures. I’ll spend the next few days telling you abut this special cake.
In France this cake is called “galette des rois.” This round, thin cake is sliced into pieces out of the sight of the guest, and then covered with a cloth. The youngest person hands out the pieces. Somewhere inside the cake is a tiny china doll, or bean that has been baked in. Whoever receives this piece becomes King or Queen of the party. There is intentionally a left-over piece called, “le part a Dieu,” or the part of God. The first visitor gets this piece.
Portugal has a similar cake, the “bolo Rei.”
These cakes reminded me of Mardi Gras King Cake.
Our next day is the eighth day. Eight Maids A-Milking the Eight Beatitudes (these are found in Matthew 5:3-10)
- Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
- Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted
- Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill
- Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy
- Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God
- Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God
- Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven