There was a time when Christmas started on Saint Nicholas Day, December 6th or 19th, and ended On Epiphany, Jan 6th. The time between Christmas and Epiphany are the twelve days of Christmas.
I can hear you through the screen “but the song takes place before Christmas”. Well, most likely it doesn't.
Over the years we’ve stopped celebrating those days after Christmas. Yes, the UK and the Commonwealth celebrates Boxing day, and there is New Years Eve. I live near Philadelphia and here on New Year we have mummers.
The rest of the days have fallen by the wayside.
The twelfth night used to have many celebrations its own, now we don’t even think of it.
In this blog series we will be celebrating the twelve days and nights of Christmas, from five golden rings to the yule log, you may even see the Lord of Misrule!