The 12 Days of Christmas


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I know today doesn’t mark the 12 days ’til Christmas, tomorrow actually does, but I can’t help the symmetry of 12.

So I love this song The 12 Days of Christmas, my Christmas isn’t complete without me singing it at least once in the days leading up to Christmas.

The earliest date of the song, as we know, is 1780. Although the one we sing today is based off the 1909 version. Depending on which country you live in, some of the gifts are slightly different.

No one knows why it was written, many assuming it was some memory device for children.

This song also always makes me think of this holiday special I used to watch as a kid where this prince wants to win the heart of the princess he loves. He sends his manservant to steal her Christmas list, but he accidentally steals the answers to the King’s crossword puzzle. Every day he has his manservant deliver a “gift” from the song, the princess is not impressed, but it does help the King. In the end the King has his completed crossword puzzle and the princess and manservant get married. I don’t remember what it was called, but it was a funny movie.

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For more on the 12 Days of Christmas, go to On the 6th, 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st Days ’til Christmas

For more Christmas carols, go to A Baker’s Four Dozen

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