Many cultures celebrate this 12th day of Christmas as "Three Kings Day" commemorating the visit of the Magi to the Christ child. Carols are sung and often King's bread is baked.
In the Swedish traditionJulgransplundring(literally Christmas tree plundering) takes place on January 13th. In this tradition the "looting" of the tree of ornamental candy and apples, marks the end of the Christmas season.
You also might attend a Knut's party or Knut's dance with singing andDansa ut julen(Dancing out Christmas), whereupon you would thenkasta ut granen(throw out the tree). Lindsborg legend says a local, Sam Knut Train, started our own King Knut Day tradition. You're invited to join in that tradition, acommunity potluck, at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N. Main Street. Bring a dish, and enjoy some food and fellowship Saturday, January 13th at 12:00 p.m.
For those of us strong in Christmas spirit, it's a wonderful excuse to enjoy the trappings of the season for just a little bit longer. Does your family have a tradition during the twelve days of Christmas? Let us knowhere.