Welcome to the last day of Christmastide – the Twelfth day, famous for the 12 drummers drumming and Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night.
In Tudor England the evening of the final day of Christmas was as time for mirth and merriment bordering on the absurd before Christmas decorations were taken down for the feast of Epiphany. Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night, or What you Will was written for these festivities, which Alison explores below. You’ll also find another prayer of thanksgiving to round out the Christmas season, returning our praise and gratitude for God’s abundant tender mercy that he has lavished upon us, and a Puritan Christmas prayer to close the season. Enjoy Kathy Keller’s article on the post-Christmas Emmanuel, a rich recipe for an Australian Christmas barbecue. We’ll be back tomorrow to wrap up the Twelve Days with the feast of Epiphany.