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Twelfth Night Party at Historic New Bridge Landing
Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Finish your holiday season on a high note by joining the Bergen County Historical Society’s celebration of Twelfth Night at the Campbell-Christie House at Historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge. Members and guests are invited to bring an old family recipe, favorite food, dessert or drink to share in an afternoon of good fellowship and New Year cheer.
In olden times, festivities surrounding Twelfth Night were the most lavish of the year, featuring a great feast with bonfires, plays, music, dancing and wassailing. The ancient custom of wassailing involved making twelve fires of straw and drinking toasts of cider or ale. A mock king, called the King of Beans, or Lord of Misrule, was elected by lot: The guest who discovered a bean in his or her slice of Twelfth Night Cake was elected sovereign for the revelries. In some places, these kings and queens placed white crosses in the rafters to exclude hobgoblins, witches and bugs for the remainder of the year.