Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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January 5 is marked as the Twelfth day of the 12 Days of Christmas.

The carol says On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave To Me …

Twelve Drummers Drumming

According to catechism hidden meaning it means …

The twelve points of the doctrine of the Apostle’s Creed. 

1. I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord;
3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary;
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell;
5. The third day he rose again from the dead;
6. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead;
8. I believe in the Holy Ghost;
9. I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints;
10. The forgiveness of sins;
11. The resurrection of the body;
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.

Twelfth Night is a festival, in some branches of Christianity marking the coming of the Epiphany.

For Eastern Orthodox, the Eve of the Theophany (5 January) is a day of strict fasting, on which the devout will not eat anything until the first star is seen at night.

In Colonial America as was already the tradition in their native England, all decorations would be taken down by Epiphany morning and the remainder of the edibles would be consumed. A special cake, the king cake, was also baked then for Epiphany.
In the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, Twelfth Night is the last day for decorations to be taken down, and it is held to be bad luck to leave decorations up after this.

In the United States, for some, Twelfth Night remains the biggest night for parties and gift-giving. Some households exchange gifts on the first (25 December) and last (5 January) days of the season. As in olden days, Twelfth Night to Epiphany morning is then the traditional time to take down the Christmas tree and decorations.