The 12 Days of Christmas

When we think of the 12 Days of Christmas we probably think mainly about “Leaping Lords”, “Pipers Piping”, “Golden Rings”, and “a partridge in a pear tree”. We probably all know the popular (and very long) Christmas song but did you know that there is a long history and traditions surrounding the 12 Days of Christmas? These days, which begin on Christmas Day and run through the evening of January 5th, “have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.” To learn more about the history and traditions behind the 12 Days of Christmas we found this great article on whychristmas.com. What is especially interesting is that, as we prepare for our dress rehearsal for the Boar’s Head Festival this evening, we learn that “Twelfth Night was a big time of celebration with people holding large parties,” and that “during Twelfth Night it was traditional for different types of pipes to be played, especially bagpipes.” As we prepare for our own celebration, complete with pipes being played, we hope that you enjoy learning more about the history of the 12 days of Christmas!

The 12 Days of Christmas on whychristmas.com