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12 Days of Christmas

Definition: Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25 until January 5).

The origin of the Twelve Days is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures.

Related Resources:

12 Days of Christmas
Each day explained.

Elsewhere on the Web:

Drennon's Twelve Days of Christmas
The true origins of the twelve days of Christmas.

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