We celebrate 12th night with the Tudor custom of ‘Lord of Misrule.’ This is where a ‘commoner’ oversees the entertainment of a feast causing merriment and mayhem along the way! We thought this sounded very much like something we would have fun doing so we do this each 12th night to celebrate and end Christmas. Lord of Misrule isn’t just a Tudor Christmas idea and it has its roots way back in the past but the Tudors made it a big part of their Christmas celebrations and we first learned about it watching the BBC 2 historical series ‘Tudor Monastery Farm’ (Here’s a link for information but sadly the program is not currently available to watch).
Please do excuse the photos in this blog as the light really wasn’t very good and I also had to turn what is usually my sewing workroom (where I teach my classes) into a dinning room so we could have a table big enough to get us all round.
We invited Granddad, our niece and her lovely Mummy to share a ‘feast’ (posh roast chicken really and cheap crackers bought in the January sale!).
The children had fizzy pop which is a real treat and we gave them champagne glasses so they felt they were very grown up!
We cleared the table and set it up for pudding. I put on the table the Lord of Misrule crown and a question mark to ask ‘Who will it be this year?’
We hide a very large Lego brick in one of the puddings and whoever finds it is the Lord of Misrule for the Year. Actually we put it in one of the children’s puddings so we know who it will be and we make sure the games are easy for that Lord to run!
Here is our Lord for this year!
We then all play games.
This year we started with a new, but very simple, game.
I gave everyone a piece of paper and Our Lord told them that they had 3 minutes to tear their paper into the shape that the Lord shouts out. The first one was…
Off everyone went.
A bit more tearing and folding…
And pencil detail.
You can make this game as easy of as complicated as you’d like. I did love the total blank faces of everyone when we first set the timer off but they soon got into it!
These are the boats.
The next task was to tear a piece of paper into a house with an opening door.
These are the finished houses.
Here’s mine! (I was chosen by the Lord as the winner!)
We then played the fabulous game ‘Guess who (the famous person) you are’ and we had the post it notes stuck on our heads.
having a guess.
It’s actually quite a hard game!
Here’s our Lord looking quite perplexed!
We then played a game where we all take turns to draw a certain body part on a folded piece of paper. This was a little harder this year with 8 parts (for 8 people) needing to be drawn.
Here’s the finished drawing.
I” scan it in and I think have it printed as a card and we’ll send it to our cousins as a ‘thank you for coming’ card. This original creation I’ll frame and put up on the wall.
The last game we played was another ‘guess who’ type game.
Earlier I’d asked everyone to go into the workroom and use the old typewriter (so you can’t tell by the handwriting) to type 3 words that you feel describes you, tear the paper off, fold it in half and put the paper in a pot.
At the end of the games I took each piece of paper out individually and the Lord read out the words and we had to guess who the person was.
Some were easier than others!
Our Lord had also introduced into proceedings that the boys went off to wrestle daddy in the sitting room in between games. The girls could have joined in but chose not too!
It was a lovely family evening where we were all just a little bit silly for a while. The decorations had come down earlier in the day and pulling the last crackers meant that this was a really lovely finish to Christmas.
12th night isn’t until tomorrow night so you could still have your very own ‘Lord of Misrule’ feast. We had ours at the weekend as that’s when all the family could make it.
I can’t wait for next year.