Whilst recently reading about Christmas history, I finally understood the Twelve Days of Christmas. Not the song, but the event. Traditionally Christmas started Christmas Eve when families would put their Christmas decorations up, and the celebrations would continue until the 6th January when families would then take their decorations down. Sundays are not included in this, so 24th December to 6th January includes 12 celebration days – hence the Twelve Days of Christmas.
I thought this was a much nicer idea to celebrate as long into winter as possible, as I remember as a child sometimes feeling an anti-climax after Christmas when the celebrations suddenly stop and it seems all you have to look forward to is colder and colder weather… So to combat this, like with our advent activities, I planned activities up to 6th January to keep the celebrations going. And happily this took us right up to the start of the new school term when things naturally go back to normal anyway.
Twelve Days of Christmas Activities