Moody Mansion will celebrate the 12th Night of Christmas with a free open house and holiday music at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 2618 Broadway in Galveston.
Historically, the 12 days of Christmas are the time between the birth of Jesus and the arrival of three Magi — the “Wise Men” also known as the “Three Kings.” According to the Gospel of Matthew, the Magi followed the Star to Bethlehem across the desert to pay tribute with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The 12th Night is celebrated as the day they arrived, the official end to the Christmas season.
Jan. 6 was the traditional day for taking down Christmas decorations, and Moody Mansion will follow that tradition. After 12th Night, the festive yuletide décor in place since Thanksgiving at the restored 1895 mansion will be removed and stored for next Christmas.
The Moody Mansion celebration will be an evening of refreshments, celebration and music performed by the Galveston College Community Chorale. Admission is free and open to the public.
The 12th Night of Christmas has been called several names since the fourth century, 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 some cultures the day has been as important as Christmas itself.
Most 12th Night traditions featured unique food — the French and English celebrated with a King’s Cake, which has become part of Mardi Gras in the Southern United States.
In England and Colonial America there was the consumption of fruits and nuts remaining on holiday wreaths. Hispanic feasts include cake from Spain called a tortell and signal the beginning of the season of Carnaval.
For additional information, call 409-762-7668 or visit www.moodymansion.org.
Bay Area Harbour Playhouse will present “Funny Money,” directed by Mike Fabian, beginning today at 3803 state Highway 3 in Dickinson.
Fabian’s staging of playwright Ray Cooney’s play will have audiences laughing as a mild-mannered CPA tries to extricate himself from a hysterical situation after he finds a briefcase full of money and decides to keep it.
The show can be seen at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 28.
Tickets begin at $12 with discounts for seniors, military, students and groups of 10 or more.
For more information, call 281-337-7469 or visit www.harbourtheater.com.
HOUSTON BOAT SHOW
The 63rd annual Houston International Boat, Sport and Travel Show, the largest indoor boat show in America, kicks off today with a special ceremony honoring Hurricane Harvey Boat Heroes, who at their own risk came to the rescue of thousands of Texans during the unprecedented flooding.
The honor ceremony will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. today at the NRG Center, Entrance Hall B, 8400 Kirby Drive, in Houston.
The show will open immediately afterward and will be available to the public from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 13, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 14.
For tickets and information, visit houstonboatshows.com or call 713-526-6361.
MARDI GRAS ON
Mardi Gras events won’t just be on the island!
You can party — Mardi Gras style — at the Rotary Club of Texas City’s eighth annual Mardi Gras Mainland Gala and Parade “Hooray for Hollywood,” which is set for Jan. 27.
The parade and fun run will begin at noon at the Rotary Pavilion and the gala will start at 7 p.m. at the Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.
The gala will feature music by The Lineup, dinner and an open bar. Tickets are $75 per person, and sponsorships are still available as well.
For information and tickets, visit mardigrasmainland.com or call 281-844-1894 or 409-457-8080.