These days, the Christmas season is the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Way back when, it was the period beginning on Christmas Day, and included 12 days of merrymaking and mischief. The Twelve Days of Christmas aren’t really part of our modern Christmas celebration — except for the song lyrics and the odd reference here and there.

What are the twelve days of Christmas? And what happened to them? Are we missing out on anything by forgetting them? Well, if feasting, cross dressing, upending social hierarchy, and having a raucous good time sound at all interesting to you, then…yes. Yes we are!

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Why We Kiss Under the Mistletoe: Christmas Traditions Explained, by Michael Foley

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Author: Brian Earl
Title: Backstory — The Twelve Days of Christmas
Christmas Past

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