The 12 Days of Christmas
Christmas is not a day. There are 12 days of Christmas - the period between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings' Day). The song begins with 1 of the first gift (a partridge in a pear tree) all the way up to 12 drummers drumming - the last gift. The earliest known version of this lyric appeared in a 1780 children's book. The song most of us are familiar with today is from 1909 and comes from an English composer named Frederic Austin. He set the melody and lyrics adding as his own flourish the drawn-out cadence of "five go-old rings." Regardless of whether you love or hate the song, Christmas is a Season of 12 days – ENJOY!