Merry Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas and the evenings of those days (Twelve-tide), are the festive days
beginning the evening of Christmas Day through the morning of Epiphany, January the 6th. The
associated evenings of the twelve days begin on the evening before the specified day. The first
night of Christmas is December the 25th - 26th, and the twelfth night is January the 5th - 6th.
This period is also known as Christmastide.

Over the centuries, differing churches have changed the actual traditions, time frame, and their
interpretations. St. Stephen's Day, for example, is December the 26th, in the Western Church and
December the 27th, in the Eastern Church. December the 26th, is Boxing Day in the United Kingdom
and December the 28th, is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents. Currently, the 12 days and
nights are celebrated in varying ways around the world. Some give gifts only on Christmas night,
some only on the twelfth night, and others each of the 12 nights.