Back in the 18th century, Christmas was a time for family and friends, feasting and entertainment. The merriment went on for days, 12 to be exact. The season then concluded with a Twelfth Night Celebration -- more feasting, entertainment and the ritual of the burning of the greens.
At the Francis Land House in Virginia Beach, Va., on Saturday you can witness a Twelfth Night Celebration from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Visitors will move back in time to 1783 as interpreters, dressed as Francis Land and members of his household, welcome guests. Tours of the 18th century plantation house will be offered every 10 minutes. Entertainment will be provided by the Williamsburg Heritage Dance Ensemble, and local musicians will play 18th century music. The traditional burning of the greens will take place while madrigal singers perform around the bonfire and Twelfth Night cake is served.