The Twelfth Day Of Christmas/Epiphany Eve – Wisemen, 12 Drummers Drumming, and Thai-Inspired Drumsticks

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“On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 12 drummers drumming.” – Frederic Austin

Many Christians celebrate Epiphany Eve on the 12th day of Christmas. Epiphany Eve celebrates the Wisemen finding Jesus, the emblem of hope for humanity.

After a long journey, the Wisemen beheld the majesty of Christ and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Not everyone can afford the costly gifts the Wisemen brought to Jesus, but we can find additional comfort in the story of the drummer boy. In the classic Christmas song “The Little Drummer Boy,” the child, poor and meek, offers Jesus the only gift he can afford, a song on his drum, and the baby Jesus smiles in response.

On Epiphany Eve, we remember that Christ is the greatest gift ever offered to us. We, however, can offer only our hearts, but that is all God wants.

Rather than giving gifts on Epiphany Eve, celebrate the traditions of merry-making, game-playing, music-making, and wassailing common on this day. Some people even dress like kings and queens and serve the poor as homage to the Wisemen visiting the baby Jesus in a humble stable.

This Epiphany Eve, our family and friends will make paper crown cut-outs, feast on drum sticks (in admiration of the little drummer boy and the twelve drummers drumming), have a jam session, and praise God that he accepts even the simplest gifts with gratitude.

Photo by: Brodie Porterfield

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Drumstick Ingredients:

  1. Butter spray for baking (olive oil or butter work too)
  2. About 4 lbs. of chicken drumsticks
  3. 1 tsp. cornstarch
  4. 2 TBSP curry powder
  5. 1/2 TBSP brown sugar
  6. 1/4 tsp. salt
  7. 1/4 tsp. Pepper

Sauce Ingredients:

  1. 1 TBSP peanut oil
  2. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  3. 1 tsp. ginger paste
  4. 3 TBSP sriracha sauce
  5. 1 TBSP soy sauce or amino acids
  6. 1/4 cup peanut butter
  7. 1/8 cup rice wine vinegar
  8. 1/4 cup vegetable or chicken broth
  9. Salt and pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Spray a pan with a fitted rack with plenty of butter spray to keep the drumsticks from sticking to the rack.
  3. In a wide bowl, mix items 3-7 of the drumstick ingredients.
  4. Coat drumsticks in the seasoning mix. Place on rack and bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. As the drumsticks bake, add peanut oil to a saucepan over medium/low heat.
  6. When the oil is warm, add your garlic and ginger. Sauté for about 2 minutes.
  7. Add sriracha, soy sauce, peanut butter, salt, and pepper to the saucepan and cook, stirring regularly, for about 3 minutes.
  8. Add vinegar and Vegetable (or chicken) broth to the pan. Cook down for about 6 minutes.
  9. Serve sauce as a dipping sauce for the drumsticks. Add crushed peanuts, a salad, or any other sides/garnishes you prefer.
  10. Enjoy!
Photo by: Brodie Porterfield

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