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Celebrating the Twelfth Night

Celebrating the Twelfth Night

Queen’s has reopened and it’s back to work and school today for those of us here at the University. And what better way to celebrate the end of the holiday season, than with…another party! Some dear friends, the Weatheralls, have invited us to their Twelfth Night dinner, which takes place about twelve nights after Christmas, and this year’s celebration is tonight.

Twelfth Night is a tradition that goes back centuries, and marks the end of the Yuletide season. Many cultures have developed special festivities around this date, and celebrations usually centre on enjoying traditional food and drink. In Christianity, the Twelfth Night concludes the Twelve Days of Christmas, from which the aptly-named Christmas carol has its origins. In colonial America, when fresh fruits were hard to come by, “a Christmas wreath was always left up on the front door of each home, and when taken down at the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, any edible portions would be consumed with the other foods of the feast.”1 In modern-day New Orleans, the Twelfth Night marks the start of the Carnival season, which leads up to Mardi Gras, and “in English and French custom, the Twelfth-cake was baked to contain a bean and a pea, so that those who received the slices containing them should be designated king and queen of the night’s festivities.”1

No matter how it is celebrated, the underlying theme of Twelfth Night is of transition and the marking of endings and beginnings. Coming back from the holidays today reminded me of the transition that I made five years ago when I moved from Toronto to Kingston to start as Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences here at Queen’s. That was back in 2010, and my last blog post of the year was a celebration of my own Twelfth Night, with my own rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas, focusing on the transition between two cities:

On the first day of Christmas my true love said to me, does Kingston have a Pusateri’s?

On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 3rd of Christmas my true love gave to me, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 4th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 6th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 7th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven wines from Picton, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 8th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a tour of the 1000 islands, seven wines from Picton, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 9th day of Christmas my true love gave to me an open air market, a tour of the 1000 islands, seven wines from Picton, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, dinner at Chez Piggy, an open air market, a tour of  the 1000 islands, seven wines from Picton, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, the best office on campus, dinner at Chez Piggy, an open air market, a tour of the 1000 islands, seven wines from Picton, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a concert at the K-Rock, the best office on campus, dinner at Chez Piggy, an open air market, a tour of the 1000 islands, seven wines from Picton, brunch at King Edward, passes for the ROM, a list of stores on Bloor Street, tickets to the opera, two Toronto newspapers and directions to Pusateri’s.

As we enter 2015, I toast you on this Twelfth Night and wish you well in whatever transitions, endings or beginnings that come your way this year.

Do you have a Twelfth Night tradition? Are you celebrating a major change this year? Please share your thoughts by commenting on the blog…or better yet, please drop by the Macklem House, my door is always open.

 

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelfth_Night_%28holiday%29

ken axmith(Ax) Meds62

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 13:07

Happy new year from Dianne and Ken Axmith Meds 62.

Please be advised that one of our very quiet, unassuming alumni and a very good friend Norman

Emilio Marcon of Meds62 has been named to the Order of Canada! We too should honour him for

his dedication to his patients and his contributions and leadership in global therapeutic GI endoscopy.

ken axmith(Ax) Meds62

Hi Dianne and Ken,

Thank you for pointing this out. Indeed, I am proud to hear of Norman’s being named to the Order of Canada in addition to another alumnus, Brenda Gallie (Meds 69). Their achievements will be highlighted in the news section of our website.

Richard

Richard Reznick

P.A. Prentice

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 13:08

From a Queen’s grad, family from Kingston, now a happy resident of Toronto for over 30 years, an observation.. One trip to Pusateris did it for me. The other ” gifts” you mention would wisely be replaced by a true appreciation of……Kingston.
Happy new year!

P.A. Prentice

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