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Christmas Ghost Story
Good King Wenceslas
Kissing Under Mistletoe
Letters to Santa
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Twelve Days of Christmas
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Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive evenings and days beginning with the evening of Christmas day.
According to some stories, the song and the religious symbolism behind was created at a time of persecution. The persecution of English Catholics in the 16th Century is usually cited, but other versions of the story refer to a time when Christianity was banned completely, and the song was used to preserve the tenets of the faith.
While intriguing, it seems unlikely that any version of this story is true: All (or almost all) of the doctrines symbolized were not points of contention between Catholics and Anglicans (English Protestants), and it seems rather fanciful that a Christmas song would be able to be sung at all if Christianity was completely banned (not to mention, that it is very hard, if not impossible, to find any place in the Western world where Christianity was banned in the last few centuries).
The carol, the "Twelve Days of Christmas", is known to be over 200 years old, and in that time, quite a few variations of the lyrics have either arisen, or been deliberately written. In Australia, for example, there is an even an Australian version of the song which features Australian animals and Australian themed lyrics!
Below is some information about each of the twelve days of Christmas, and how they feature in the song:
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