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Downvalley celebrates Twelfth Night Thursday

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Daily File Photo The Greater Eagle Fire Protection District monitored the bonfire made up of Christmas trees during the Twelfth Night celebration at the town park in Eagle last year.
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The Eagle and Gypsum communities will bid farewell to Christmas, with the local tradition of a “Twelfth Night” bonfire and celebration at 6:30 p.m., Thursday.Eagle’s celebration will be held in the town park, near the outdoor skating rink. The in Gypsum take place near the skating rink at the Town Hall – that also means you can bring your ice skates.

As always, the Lions Club will have hot chocolate, coffee, and cider.The bonfires will be fueled by discarded Christmas trees and other greenery. The Lions Club picked up trees in front of houses on Saturday and Sunday. Citizens also can drop off their trees at a designated spot in the community parks. All trees should be dropped off by 5:30 p.m., Thursday.

According to the Enterprise archives, the Twelfth Night observance was started in 1952 by Dr. L.W. Simmons. Twelfth Night is traditionally rooted in the Christian observance of the Epiphany, celebrating the arrival of the three wise men to worship the baby Jesus on the 12th night after Christmas. Through the ages, the celebration became more jovial in nature.The festivities are free and open to all residents. Typically, several hundred people, including adults and children, turn out to visit neighbors, skate, and enjoy the bonfire.

This year, the ice rink in Eagle is being operated by volunteers, with some equipment back-up by the Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District. The town of Gypsum is responsible for the ice rink in that community.Firefighters from the Greater Eagle and Gypsum fire departments will control the bonfires.Vail Colorado