Jeremy and I can have some differing ideas on Holiday Celebrations based on his years living in France and my years living in Germany. Last night was Epiphany or the last of the 12 Days of Christmas. The date commemorates the arrival of the three kings with their gifts for the baby Jesus of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
In Germany I remember learning that people would dress up as the three kings Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar, and visit homes and leave their initials and the year chalked above the door frame.
Well, It might really confuse people around here if we showed up at their house dressed up and demanding to deface their personal property, so we've settled on celebrating this one the French way. With a Galette des Rois or kings cake. It's traditionally a pastry cake with an almond-creme filling, and a surprise hidden inside.
This years version has been our favorite one we've tried.
Then the youngest child at the party gets under the table, and as the galette is being served, they choose who the next piece is going to. As everyone eats they look for the small figurine or almond that is hidden in one of the slices. Whoever gets that slice is crowned as "King for the Day."
(It just may have been me last night.)
We served the galette along with cranberry wassail. The cranberry wassail is a great drink if you want something different, or are sick of the hot apple cider served all fall, but still want a festive winter drink.
We had a great time last night and were happy our friends made it out despite the blizzarding conditions outside!
4 Cups Cranberry Juice
4 Cups Water
2 Cups Orange Juice
1 Cup Pineapple Juice
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
1 Cup Sugar
3 Cinnamon Sticks
Combine in a large pot and simmer 15 minutes.