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A Victorian England table of the 1890s, recreated by Ivan Day for a BBC programme, crowned with a Twelfth Cake in the center.

A traditional Twelfth Night cake (from an 1803 recipe), oranges, biscuits and a bowl of 'lambswool' punch decorate a Georgian-style dessert table at a recreation of a Twelfth Night party.

Old Christmas, written in 1820 by Washington Irving, illustrated in 1876 by Randolph Caldecott.

§§§ : Bringing home the Yule Log was a part of the Winter Solstice, the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night. The Yule Log is above all a reminder of the importance of fire in the depth of the cold and darkness of Midwinter.

Retro Dresses

By the 16th century, some European and Scandinavian cultures had combined the Twelve Days Of Christmas with (sometimes pagan) festivals celebrating the changing of the year. These were usually associated with driving away evil spirits for the start of the new year.

§§§ . The Queen's Twelfth Night Cake 1849 ... Recipes for Twelfth-cake: