Q: When Is ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’?

A: The 12 Days of Christmas begins on Christmas day.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol that enumerates in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas (the twelve days that make up the Christmas season, starting with Christmas Day). The song, published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin.” ¹

“The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a festive Christian season celebrating the Nativity of Jesus. In most Western ecclesiastical traditions, “Christmas Day” is considered the “First Day of Christmas” and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January.” ¹

12 Days of Christmas (Christian style)

On the first day of Christmas my savior gave to me, the light so the blind can now see.
On the second day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 2 arms to love.
On the third day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 3 Gods in 1.
On the fourth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 4 ushers greeting.
On the fifth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 5 loaves of bread.
On the sixth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 6 carolers caroling.
On the seventh day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 7 pastors preaching.
On the eighth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 8 sisters smiling.
On the ninth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 9 tenors praising.
On the tenth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 10 deacons praying.
On the eleventh day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 11 elders fasting.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my savior gave to me, 12 disciples following.

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