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CHAPPS holds Twelfth Night celebration

CHAPPS Board Memebrs, Genia Floyd and Debbie Gillam, enjoyed dressing up for the “Mardi Gras” themed celebration. Photos by Christie Slocum

The Colleton County Historic and Preservation Society held their Twelfth Night celebration on Saturday January 9, 2016. The Twelfth Night celebration serves as an annual social gathering for any members of CHAPPS that would like to attend.
Customs and traditions for this holiday can vary, and that even includes the day on which Twelfth should be celebrated. Webster’s Third New International Dictionary of the English Language Unabridged gives two definitions for Twelfth Night. Definition one is “the eve preceding Epiphany marking the end of medieval Christmas festivities,” and definition two is “the evening of Epiphany.” The 1923 Dennison’s Christmas Book states, “Twelfth Night is the evening of January 6, twelve days after Christmas.”
Many historians disagree on when the celebration should occur. According to Christmas: A Candid History by Bruce David Forbes, it depends on how the first day of Christmas is counted. If day one is counted as Christmas Day, December 25, then Twelfth Night is celebrated on the evening of January 5, the eve of the Epiphany. On the other hand, if day one is counted as the day after Christmas, December 26, then Twelfth Night is celebrated on January 6, the evening of the Epiphany itself. CHAPPS wants to make the event as convenient to its membership as possible, therefore holding it on the Saturday after the twelfth night.

Judy Bridge crowns the 2016 Twelfth Night Queen, Emily Bridges

The Twelfth Night celebration, held at the Bedon-Lucas House, followed tradition. According to the 1923 Dennison’s Christmas Book, “there should be a King or a Queen, chosen by cutting a cake…” The Twelfth Night Cake has a bean baked into it. The man or woman who finds the bean in their slice of cake becomes King or Queen for the night. Following tradition, the new King or Queen receives a crown from the reigning King or Queen. The party continues with games such as charades as well as eating, dancing, and singing carols. For large Twelfth Night celebrations, a costume party is suggested.
The party is planned by the King or Queen from the previous year. This year, CHAPPS Board Member Judy Bridge, served as Queen and event planner. She chose a theme of “Mardi Gras”. Guests arrived wearing festive clothing and masks. The group was served jambalaya while they enjoyed the New Orleans atmosphere. A costume contest awarded Billie Clark the best dressed female while John Wallace won for best dressed male. Bridge crowned Emily Bridges as Queen for the night after she discovered the prize in her slice of cake. Bridges was excited to be named Queen and already announced next year’s theme to be “Kentucky Derby”. If you have never attended this wonderful celebration and would like to, visit cchaps.com for more information on how to become a member.

Christie Slocum (284 Posts)