On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drummin’, eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’
Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’
Six geese a-layin’ five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree
When I decided to do a series of posts counting down to Christmas it all began with the above song. In concert the song began to play on a loop in my poor brain, running through all the times I’ve heard it, the times I’ve seen it performed, the swift, fast, upbeat nature of the classic song.
After my brain went into Christmas song loop-ville, I began to dig online about the 12 days of Christmas. Did you know that 12 days of Christmas doesn’t actually begin until Christmas Day? Did you know it’s also called Christmastide, or Twelvetide? And it’s all about celebrating the birth of Jesus.
December 25th kicks it off and ushers you into the new year when the season ends on January 5th. That last night is called Twelfth Eve or my favorite, Epiphany Eve. It is 12 days of celebrations for Christmas, Boxing Day, Childermas, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and then Epiphany Eve. Some countries don’t even give gifts until Epiphany Eve. Told you I love the name of this day. . .
I had no idea there was such a rich history filled with tradition and beauty. I always thought it was a gimmick begun by large shopping chains, and well, it still kind of is, but you look at the other side of the 12 days of Christmas and you find yourself in a whimsical celebration.
Looking into 12 days of Christmas, brought me back around to the other seasonal event, Advent. Do you know where the word Advent comes from?
I had no idea, but once I did I fell a bit more in love with the tradition.
Advent is brought to us from the Latin phrase, “Adventus Domini” which means: arrival of the Lord.
How can you not love a tradition that is encompassed in celebrating the birth of Jesus?
From the history, celebration, and tradition, down to the very lyrics of songs bring Christmas into beautiful stunning light and points us all towards the very reason for the season. Yes I did just use that common saying. It stays true, the reason we celebrate, the reason we steep ourselves in tradition and remember the history of the holiday surrounding us each December is and forever will be – Jesus.
Come along with me as I count us down to Christmas Day.
Until tomorrow, xo.
p.s. Go listen to Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters belt out the tune for 12 Days of Christmas, it’s pretty awesome. . .also, you’re welcome.