The 12 Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas isn’t about partridges or pear trees, it’s a Christian celebration of the incarnation of Jesus, beginning Christmas Day and concluding with the Feast of Epiphany on January 6. Since the fifth century, three feasts traditionally mark the Twelve Days: the Feast of St. Stephen, a day for giving food to the poor, showing Jesus’s generosity to the needy; the Feast of St. John, which honors the traditional author of the words from John 1, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us"; and the third feast draws attention to the children who were murdered by Herod as he sought the life of the baby Jesus, as described in Matthew 2.

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