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What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?

Posted: November 18, 2019 in Did you know?

Everyone knows to expect a partridge in a pear tree from your true love on the first day of Christmas … But when is the first day of Christmas?


You’d think that the 12 days of Christmas would lead up to the big day—that’s how countdowns work, as any year-end list would illustrate—but in Western Christianity, "Christmas" actually begins on December 25 and ends on January 5. According to liturgy, the 12 days signify the time in between the birth of Christ and the night before Epiphany, which is the day the Magi visited bearing gifts. This is also called "Twelfth Night." (Epiphany is marked in most Western Christian traditions as happening on January 6, and in some countries, the 12 days begin on December 26.)