Family Time Calendar: Fool-ing Around

Known as Twelfth Night, Three Kings' Day or the Epiphany, today is the famed 12th day of Christmas. During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was traditional in many European countries to throw a costume ball and crown a king "fool for the day." No matter what your background, the celebration of the foolish is something almost any family will enjoy! After a week of returning to the normal schedule of work, school and general daily business, everyone could probably use a release. So tonight, let your little ones (and yourself) indulge their inner fools with this Friday night festivity.

What you'll need:
Paper masks (choose or make ones that cover only the upper half of one's face)
Cupcakes (homemade or store bought)
Paper crown
Small nontoxic plastic trinket (optional)
Gold-foil-wrapped chocolate coins

What you'll do:
Before dinner, choose one cupcake, make a small slit in the bottom and insert a plastic toy into the cupcake. (If you have very young children for whom this might pose a problem, skip the trinket and mark the bottom of one cupcake wrapper with a dot using a nontoxic marker.)

At dinner, have everyone don different paper masks while they eat. Serve food that can be eaten with your fingers -- and have everyone eat only with their fingers. Serve the cupcakes at the end of dinner. The one who gets the cupcake with the trinket (or dot on the bottom) is the king or queen. Crown him or her with the paper crown, and give the royal one the chocolate coins. Now it's time for the "court" to amuse the "sovereign." Have each member tell the silliest story they can think of; if the story pleases the king or queen, he or she then bestows a gold coin on the teller. End the night with a round of dancing, and see who can come up with the most foolish dance move.


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