as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary- "the evening of the fifth of January, preceding Twelfth Day, the eve of the Epiphany, formerly the last day of the Christmas festivities and observed as a time of merrymaking. Do you celebrate?
Though it's thought by many to be bad luck to leave Christmas decorations up after the New Year-I love the idea of celebrating through the New Year til Twelfth Night. It seems that bad luck is more about ending what was already a mad rush and then dashing off to the next big thing. Just a day or two after Christmas, I thought it a bit sad to see trees dumped at the curb-alone, forgotten-after all that adoration and stringing of lights- to dismiss that long awaited delight so very summarily. The holidays rush in and out -granted this year seemed particularly fast paced, but for me and my family the year ended with our most prized possession being savored-time together, and especially the visits of my beloved niece and nephew. Their schedules meant they wouldn't be here at the same time so there were two celebrations-each special, and though there were marked absences this year- with the loss of our brother, Jon,our circle only tightens and the bonds forged over 50 years ago strengthen and sustain us.
Decorations are slowly coming down in the house, but the evergreens still hang outside on the doors and lanterns. We are keeping Christmas this Twelfth Night. As the New Year begins, loved ones are scattered back across the country-to California-to Indiana-but here I keep them in my heart alongside Christmas.