12 Days of Christmas

The 12 days of Christmas runs from December 25 to January 5. January 6 is Epiphany, celebrating the coming of Magi (3 Kings Day). Epiphany Eve, January 5 is also known as Twelfth Night.

The 12 days of Christmas was originally a chant, with French origins. In 1780, it was published for the first time in England, in Mirth without Mischief. As part of game played on Twelfth Night, the poem was to be recited and if you made a mistake you had to pay a forfeit – give a treat, trinket or kiss.

On the first day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
a partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
2 turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
3 French hens......

On the fourth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
4 calling birds...

On the fifth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
5 gold rings...

On the sixth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
6 geese a-laying ...

On the seventh day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
7 swans a-swimming

On the eighth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
8 maids a-milking ...

On the ninth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
9 ladies dancing ...

On the tenth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
10 lords a-leaping ...

On the eleventh day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
11 pipers piping ...

On the twelfth day of Christmas my dear love gave to me
12 drummers drumming ...

(Frederic Austin, 1909. arranged to traditional folk melody)

Learn more about the tune at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Days_of_Christmas_(song)

Learn more about the 12 days of Christmas celebration : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve_Days_of_Christmas

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