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King for the Day

King for the Day

French students in Madame Beuchard and Monsieur Martone’s classes recently enjoyed galette des rois, a delicious pastry enjoyed by the French since the 14th century. Traditionally, galette des rois is served on January 6, the 12th day of Christmas, to celebrate the Epiphany, a religious feast day commemorating the arrival of the Three Kings to the manger where Jesus was born.

Composed of a puff pastry cake, with a small charm, the fève, hidden inside, it is usually filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs, and sugar. As with the family tradition, the youngest student in the class hid under a table and shouted out the names of each classmate who is served a piece of the galette. Whoever gets the fève was crowned king or queen for the day, complete with a golden paper crown that comes with every galette.
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Located in Washington D.C.,  St. Albans School is a private, all boys day and boarding school. For more than a century, St. Albans has offered a distinctive educational experience for young men in grades 4 through 12. While our students reach exceptional academic goals and exhibit first-rate athletic and artistic achievements, as an Episcopal school we place equal emphasis upon moral and spiritual education.