On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree. (so sorry you are going to be singing this all day!)

Pretty underwhelming considering that the first day of the 12 Days Of Christmas is actually Christmas Day.

The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a festive Christian season celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ. Christmas Day is considered the “First Day of Christmas” and the twelve days run through to 5th January.

Human Standing Beside Crucifix Statue on Mountain

Twelvetide has been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and has always been a time of celebrations.

Each day of the 12 Days Of Christmas has a different meaning and people celebrate a different thing on each day.

The first day of Twelvetide, is Christmas Day and you could have guessed that this day is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

The second day of Christmas is Boxing Day, also known as St Stephen’s Day in countries outside of the UK as this is the day of the Christian martyr St Stephen.

The third day of Christmas celebrates St John the Apostle, who wrote the Book of Revelation, and is the patron saint of live, loyalty, friendships and authors.

The fourth day of Christmas is December 28th, and it is the Feast Of The Holy Innocents –  it is the day when people remember all of the baby boys who were killed by King Herod in his search to find and kill the Baby Jesus.

The fifth day of Christmas is the day when St Thomas Becket is remembered as he was the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th Century and was murdered on December 29th 1170 for challenging the King’s authority over the church.

The sixth day of Christmas is the day of St Egwin of Worcester who died on December 30th 717, he was known as the protector of orphans and the widowed.

The seventh day of Christmas falls on New Years Eve and on this day Pope Sylvester I is traditionally celebrated. In some eastern European countries New Year’s Eve is still traditionally called Silvester.

The eighth day of Christmas falls on New Years Day and Mary the Mother of Jesus is celebrated.

The ninth day of Christmas honours St Basil the Great and St Gregory Nazianzen, who were two important 4th century Christians.

The tenth day of Christmas is the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus and marks the day Jesus was named in the Jewish Temple.

The eleventh day of Christmas is a day to celebrate St Elizabeth Ann Seton who was the first American saint who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. This day is also celebrated as the Feast of Saint Simon Stylites who spent 37 years living on a small platform on top of a pillar.

The twelfth day of Christmas is also known as Epiphany Eve as is it that day before January 6th which is known as the Epiphany, and the the twelfth day of Christmas St John Neumann who was the first Bishop in America who lived in the 19th century.

 

 

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