The Original 12 Days Of Christmas

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I subscribe to Bill Federer’s American Minute.  This entry explains the original 12 Days of Christmas.  My, how history is revised to fit a secular mind!  

In 567AD, the Council of Tours ended a dispute.

Western Europe celebrated Christmas, December 25, and Eastern Europe celebrated Epiphany, JANUARY 6, recalling the Wise Men’s visit and Jesus’ baptism.

The Council made all 12 days from December 25 to January 6 “holy days” or “holidays,” thus “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

In 1625, a song “In Those Twelve Days” gave meanings to each day:

“What are they that are but one? We have one God alone…

…Two? Two testaments, Old and New…

…Three? Three persons in the Trinity…

…Four? Four sweet Evangelists there are…

…Five? Five senses…

…Six? Six days to labor…

…Seven? Seven liberal arts hath God sent down…

…Eight? Eight Beatitudes…

…Nine? Nine Muses…with sacred tunes…

…Ten? Ten statutes God to Moses gave…

…Eleven? Eleven thousand virgins…suffered death for Jesus’ sake.

…Twelve? Twelve attending on God’s son.”

 

Happy 12th Day of Christmas to all!

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