My true love gave to me Twelve Drummers Drumming. We have reached the Twelfth Nigh of the Christmas Season. Tomorrow is the Epiphany of Our Lord, also knows as The Feast of Three Kings. In some parts of the world, children will fill there shoes with straw or hay and put the shoes outside in the hopes that the Magi take the straw for their camels and leave gifts for the children tucked inside the shoes. There was a time when giving gifts were not a part of the Christmas celebration. When you think about it, it makes sense since the gifts to the Christ Child came with the visit of the Magi.
Tradition has it that today, the Twelfth Day of Christmas, is the day to pack up all the Christmas Decorations and take down the tree in anticipation of the Epiphany and the beginning of Ordinary Times. Some people toss out the tree the day after Christmas, some on New Year’s Day. In our house, we break with tradition, leaving the decorations in place until after the Epiphany. Even then, it takes nearly a week to pack everything up again. The reason I leave the decorations up through the Epiphany is because on January 6 we have a feast to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings. My Nativity is set up on the first Sunday of Advent without the Baby Jesus. He is not placed in the Nativity until after Midnight Mass or before the sun comes up on Christmas Morning. And the Three Kings arrive on January 6, bearing gifts. When Kiddo was younger, we actually moved them each day ever closer to the Nativity, as they traveled through our house. It was something I did with my mother, my children and grandchildren. Customs, traditions and physical acts reinforce faith and instill hope. If ever this world needed hope, it is now.
The Twelve Drummers Drumming beat out the twelve acts of faith held in the Apostle’s Creed.
We believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth
And in Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, our Lord
Who was conceived by the power of the Holy Sprit and born of the Virgin Mary
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried
He descended into hell. On the third day He arose again from the dead
He ascended into Heaven, seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit
The Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, the Communion of Saints
The forgiveness of sins
The resurrection of the body
And life everlasting
On this, the Twelfth Day of Christmas a supper built around Drumstick makes the most logical sense. These Garlic Drumsticks have all the crunch of well-breaded fried Chicken without all the grease. So flavorful you might never make chicken any other way again.
Crunchy Garlic Drumsticks
Cooking Spray as needed
2 cups Corn Flakes Cereal
3 tablespoons Butter
3 tablespoons Parsley
1 tablespoon Chives
1/2 teaspoon Paprika
1 tablespoon Milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
12 Chicken Drumsticks
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a 13-incy by 9-inch rimmed baking pan with with cooking spray. Set prepared pan aside.
Pour cereal into a ziplock bag. Crush cereal with a rolling pin, set aside. Melt butter, set aside. Snip parsley and chives.
In a shallow bowl, mix cereal, parsley and paprika. In another bowl, mix butter, milk, chives, salt and garlic powder.
Dip chicken into butter mixture, coating lightly. Dip moist drumsticks into the cereal mixture, rolling to coat. Place coated drumsticks on the prepared baking pan. Spray chicken with cooking spray.
Bake uncovered in the heated oven for 20 minutes. Turn for even browning, continue to bake another 20 minutes or until juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
First Day of Christmas – Game Hens with Roasted Apples and Pears
Second Day of Christmas – Louisiana Mock Turtle Soup
Third Day of Christmas – Mini Chicken Chimichangas
Fourth Day of Christmas – Family-Friendly Mushroom Pork and Potato
Fifth Day of Christmas – Golden Crème-Filled Bundt Cake
Sixth Day of Christmas – Mediterranean Quiche
Seventh Day of Christmas – Seven Shrimp-a-Swimming
Eighth Day of Christmas – Spiked Hot Chocolate
Ninth Day of Christmas – Three Course Supper with Ladyfinger Dessert
Tenth Day of Christmas – Italia Frog Legs Leaping
Eleventh Day of Christmas – Piped Deviled Eggs