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The 12 Days Of Christmas - Christmas Carols

Enjoy each and every moment of Christmas day. enjoy all the 12 days of the Christmas day

Posted By- Khyati Rathod | Posted On - Nov 29, 2019

The 12 days of Christmas are now most famous as a song about someone receiving lots of presents from their true love, however, to get to the song there had to be the days to start with! The 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas day and lasts until; the evening of the January - also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.    


The 12 days of Christmas and each traditionally celebrate a feast day for a saint and different celebrations. Let see these 12 days of the Christmas day: 


  1. Day 1 ( 25th December ): Christmas Day - celebrating the Birth of Jesus
  2. Day 2 ( 26th December also known as Boxing Day ): St Stephen’s day. He was the first Christian to marry. It is also the day when the Christmas Carol “ Good King Wenceslas” takes place
  3. Day 3 ( 27th December ): St John the Apostle ( one of Jesus’s Disciples and friends )
  4. Day 4 ( 28th December ):  The feast of the Holy Innocents - when people remember the baby boys which King Herod killed when he was trying to find and kill the baby Jesus.
  5. Day 5 ( 29th December ): St Thomas Becket, He was Archibishop of Canterbury in the 12th century and was murdered on 29th December 1170 for challenging the King’s authority over the Church.
  6. Day 6 ( 30th December ): St Egwin of Worcester.
  7. Day 7 ( 31st December ): New Year’s Eve. Pope Sylvester, I am traditionally celebrated on this day. He was one of the earliest popes. In many central and eastern European countries ( including Austria, Bosnia, and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, and Slovenia ) New Year’s Eve is still sometimes called “Silvester”, in the UK, New Year’s Eve was a traditional day for “games” and sporting competition. Archery was a very popular sport and during the middle ages. It was the law that it had to be practiced by all men between ages 17-60 on Sunday after Chruch. This was so the King had lots of very good archers ready in case he needs to go to war!
  8. Day 8 ( 1st January ): 1st January - Mary, the Mother of Jesus
  9. Day 9 ( 2nd January ): St. Basil Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, two important 4th century Christmas.
  10. Day 10 ( 3rd January ): this day is a feast of the Holy name of Jesus. This remembers when Jesus was official “named” in the Jewish. It’s celebrated by different Christmas on a wide number of different dates!
  11. Day 11 ( 4th January ): St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American Saint, who lived in the 18th and 19th countries. In the past, it is also celebrated the feast of Saint Simon Stylites ( who are lives in a small platform on the top of a pitter for 17 years ).
  12. Day 12 ( 5th January is also known as Epiphany Eve ): St. John Neumann who was the first Bishop in American he lived in the 19th century.


Twelfth Night 


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The Twelfth Night was a big time of celebration with people holding in the large parties. During these parties, often the roles in society were reversed with the servants being served by the rich people. When we go to this dated back to medieval and Tudor times when Twelfth Night marked the end of “winter” which had started on 31st October with All Hallows Eve (Halloween). At the start of Twelfth Night, the Twelfth Night cake was eaten. On this day this was a rich cake made with eggs and butter, fruit, nuts, and spices. The modern Italian panettone is the cake we currently have that’s almost like the old Twelfth Night Cake.


On this day a Died pea or bean was cooked in the cake. Whoever found it was the Lord of Misrule for the night. the Lord of Misrule led the celebration and this was a dress like a King. this tradition goes back to the Roman celebrations of Saturnalia. In the later times, from about the Georgian period onwards. To make the Twelfth Night “gentile”, two tokens were put in the cakes and whoever found them became the ‘King’ and “Queen” of the Twelfth Night party. In English Cathedrals, during the middle ages, there was the custom of the “Boy Bishop” where a boy from the Cathedral or monastery school was elected as a Bishop on 6th December and had the authority of a  Bishop until 28th December. King Henry VIII banned the practice in 1542 although it came back briefly under Mary I in 1552 Elizabeth I finally stopped it during her reign. 


During the Twelfth Night, it was traditional for different types of pipes to be played, especially bagpipes. Lots of games were played including once with eggs. These included tossing an egg between two people moving further apart during each throw - drop it and you lose, and passing an egg around on spoons. Another popular game was “snapdragon” where you picked raisins or other dried fruit out of a tray of flaming brandy!  When we celebrate Christmas day in the first Monday after the Christmas feast has finished was known as “Plough Monday” as this was when farming work would all begin again!   


On this day in many parts of the UK, people also went to Wassailing on the Twelfth Night.

It's also traditional to take your Christmas decorations down following Twelfth Night.


Twelfth Night is also the name of a famous play written by William Shakespeare. It's thought it was written in 1601/1602 and was first performed at Candlemas in 1602, although it wasn't published until 1623.

Twelfth Night is also known as Epiphany Eve. in many countries, it is traditional to put the figures of the Wise Men Kings into the Nativity Scene on Epiphany  Eve ready to celebrate the Epiphany on the 6th January.