The 12th day of Christmas

I finally figured out what the Twelve Days of Christmas are. I always thought it was about the last 12 shopping days before Christmas (the song seemed like more of a shopping list than anything else). Turns out, it’s actually the 12 days following. The 12th day, which is celebrated as Epiphany here in France, is intended to commemorate the day on which the three wise men met with Baby Jesus. In honour of this event, we get to eat cake. Gallete des Rois is an Almond flavoured Frangipan with a bean in the middle. Whoever gets the bean, gets a crown that they have to wear for the rest of dinner.

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