The centuries-old tradition, The Twelfth Night of Christmas, will be celebrated with wassail, king cake and holiday tunes by the Galveston College Community Chorale at 7 p.m. at the historic Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, in Galveston.
The 12 days of Christmas, or Twelfth Night, is the time between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of three Magi — better known as the “Wise Men” or “Three Kings” — according to the gospel of Matthew. The Twelfth Night is the day they arrived, hence the official end to the Christmas celebration.
The day has been called several names since the fourth century when it was first celebrated, including the Feast of the Epiphany, Three Kings Day and the Adoration of the Magi. Some religions celebrate Christ’s baptism on that day, and in years past the Epiphany was as big a celebration as Christmas itself.
“Twelfth Night is a holiday tradition at Moody Mansion, when we welcome the community for an evening of music, wassail and fellowship,” said Viola Moore, guest services manager at Moody Mansion. “It is our gift to Galveston as we conclude our 25th year of greeting visitors to the mansion. In the centuries-old tradition of the Epiphany, we will pack away the mansion’s holiday decorations after Twelfth Night, so this is the last opportunity our friends will have to see the mansion in all of its yuletide splendor until next year. The evening is also an opportunity to enjoy another community treasure, the Galveston College Community Chorale. The Chorale will perform in our ballroom, where the acoustics are wonderful. We’re grateful to have them back this year, and guests who enjoyed their performance last year will be happy to hear of their return.”
The Chorale, under the direction of Mike Gilbert, who is an adjunct faculty member at Galveston College, will be performing music accompanied by Ron Wyatt from its 2017 “Carols and Candles” Christmas concerts, including holiday favorites like “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel,” “Joy to the World” and a new choral work entitled “Light a Candle,” by Andy Beck.
“Our 66 Chorale members have practiced and performed these selections for quite some time now, and we are looking forward to this final performance of the season,” Gilbert said. “The Twelfth Night of Christmas is a very special event marking the culmination of the Advent/Christmas season and the beginning of the Mardi Gras/Lenten season, and music has been part of the celebration for centuries.”
Admission is free and open to the public. For information, visit www.moodymansion.org or call 409-762-7668.