Cutting the Twelfth Night Cake
The children are eager to see who gets the little good man in their serving. Carol Ryrie Brink. Illustrator unknown.
In France, Twelfth Night (twelve nights after the birth of Jesus) is celebrated on January 5th. It is said that the Tree Wise Men arrived with their gifts on this night. Families have Twelfth Night cake for dessert, and the child who finds the petit bonhomme, or little good man, in his or her piece of cake is made the king or queen of the evening.
From Three-Minute Bedtime Stories, 1937.