The traditional 12 days of Christmas come to a close today.
The “Twelfth Night” is observed by many Christians as the feast of the Epiphany, which means the showing forth of Jesus to all the world.
It was on this day that the mysterious visitors from the east brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and the Orthodox Church often observes this as the day of gift-giving (rather than Dec. 25).
So now it is time to begin taking down the decorations and saying good-bye to the once-a-year favorites of sight and sound, and announce the winners for the town decorating contest.
First place went to the 1828 Trail Inn Bed and Breakfast. Tied for second place were Petals and Bows Florist Shop and the Hancock Pet Salon.
One last carol sing
Speaking of “Twelfth Night,” St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church has for years held a candlelight service to mark the close of the Christmas season.
That celebration takes place this evening at 7 in the historic church on East High Street. Come up and enjoy one last carol sing amidst this beautiful house of worship, still bright with Christmas greens and splendor.
The Rev. Allan Weatherholt and the Rev. Steven McCarty will officiate, and Gwynne Cavey will be at the pipe organ. All are welcome.
The Hancock American Legion is having a breakfast Saturday morning to benefit its building fund.
The menu includes scrambled eggs, pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy and home fries.
Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m.
Work is progressing well on the old Hepburn Orchard building to the east of town. New roof trusses were being lifted up as I drove by this week, and the building has been cleared of all material that was formerly stored there. Excitement is growing to see what the new business will be named and tourists and locals alike are ready for the shop to re-open next summer.
Now is a great time to take advantage of the items the Hancock Fire Department has on sale.
You can get a home address sign that will show up along any road to help fire and rescue personnel find you in an emergency. They also have warm toboggans (pull on hats) and T-shirts. The signs cost $10 and the toboggans cost $5.
To place an order, call 301-678-7739.