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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The Twelve Days of Christmas

     On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me... seven swans a swimming.  Have you ever thought about the meaning of that song?  Do you know when the seventh day of Christmas is?  According to legend, the seventh day of Christmas falls on January 1st.  Here's how it works:  the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of Christmas day and continues through until the 26th.  Day two is the 27th and so on. 

     Epiphany, or the 6th of January, is the twelvth day of Christmas.  That is, unless you go by the Eastern Orthodox Calendar, in which case, gifts are given on January 7th and Epiphany, or Theophany, is observed on January 19th.  Its actually very interesting the way it works out, but far more complicated than I could ever begin to explain.  If you'd like to read up on it yourself, go to this link and you may be quite surprised at what you learn.

     So the next time you hear the The Twelve Days of Christmas playing, consider how much history is actually involved.  For myself, I always thought that the Twelve Days of Christmas started either December 1st or twelve days before Christmas Day.  How 'bout you?


My name is PJ. said...

Finally! Something I actually already knew! If I was on Jeopardy, I so would have earned myself 1000 smackers, because this would've been the Daily Double!

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Kristi Faith said...

Very cool fact. I love those little snippets of history in our holidays. :0)

Jolanthe said...

Got your question about printables not opening up for you. If you want to email me directly, I can help out more {your blogger account is set to no-reply, so I couldn't reply directly to your question}. I'll help you out however I can! :)


Amy Tate said...

Lol, I've always been so stressed that I've never noticed! I know all about moving furniture around. I'm sore today from moving stuff to make room for our Christmas tree!

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Kathy's Klothesline said...

I did not know this, and though I find it interesting.... I would feel way too much stress trying to come up with 12 gifts for everyone....What exactly does one do with seven swans a swimming?

Anne~fiona and twig said...

I learned something new today, thanks for educating me!

Sherry Dale Rogers said...

I always thought the same, plus have you heard that Jesus was actually born on January 6th. I wonder when Jesus birthday really is, I think I will blog about that soon.

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