Li's Blog: Twelfth Night...enjoy your traditions!

Twelfth Night...enjoy your traditions!

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 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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Comment balloon 24 commentsLi Read • January 06 2020 05:47PM


Hi Li... we always celebrated Epiphany when I was growing up... but it's been a long time since I've celebrated the day with any special traditions.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) 9 months ago

Good afternoon Li.  This is certainly new to me but very interesting for sure.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) 9 months ago

That's a tradition i haven't heard of. I have no idea when i'll get around to taking down the tree.

Posted by Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE, Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions (KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC) 9 months ago


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

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Hi Li- I saw something today about this being the day to take down the Christmas tree and now I know more!!! How interesting. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

I hope you enjoyed the Christmas traditions.

Happy New Year!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 9 months ago

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!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) 9 months ago

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 8 months ago

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.

Posted by Barbara Tattersall, GRI (Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH)) 8 months ago

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.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) 8 months ago

Good morning Li Read -  I know of twelfth night too and have also referred to it as Epiphany.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 8 months ago

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.

Posted by Barbara Todaro, Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team (RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired ) 8 months ago

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. 

Posted by Carol Williams, Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager (Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals.) 8 months ago

I so appreciate everyone responding to my post...thank you, all!  Savvy thoughts from you all!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 8 months ago

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.

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 8 months ago

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. 

Posted by Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX (ULTIMA REAL ESTATE) 8 months ago

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!

Posted by Beth Atalay, Cam Realty of Clermont FL (Cam Realty and Property Management) 8 months ago

Congrats on Kathy featuring your post this week!  I can see why she did!

Posted by Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®, Giving Back With Each Home Sold! (RE/MAX Realty Center ) 8 months ago

I celebrated Christmas in Germany this year and their traditions are very different to those I have known all my life. It was interesting.

Posted by Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543, Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line (Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400) 8 months ago

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. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) 8 months ago

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!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) 8 months ago

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! 

Posted by Lise Howe, Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC (Keller Williams Capital Properties) 8 months ago

So so appreciated everyone's comments...thank you, too, Kathy, for recommending as a featured post.  

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) 8 months ago

Love this tradition. Traditions remind us of those before us who celebrated probably more than we do. Still it's great to keep things like this alive.  Thank you so much for sharing!

Posted by Jan Green, HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN (Value Added Service, 602-620-2699) 8 months ago