When exactly is the 12 days of Christmas?
December 21, 2006 6:45am CST
It is 12 days before, after the 25th, or is the 25th in the middle?And what's the deal with the birds and gold rings?
21 Dec 06
The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th but the following day is considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th).