The 12th Day of Christmas – the end of the Christmas Season

Are your decoration down yet? Or are you planning to keep them up right through to the end of Christmas.

Christmas officially begins in the Christian Church on the first Sunday in Advent – that’s 4 Sundays before Christmas Day. The season goes right on, through the 12 days of Christmas, starting on Boxing Day, to Epiphany which is marked on January 6th. Epiphany is also known as “Three Kings Day” and “Twelfth Day,”, it falls on the twelfth day after Christmas, and signals the conclusion of the twelve days of the Christmas season.

epiphany-Traditionally Epiphany marks the visit of the Wise Men to the baby Jesus. As they brought gifts, some countries such as Spain exchange Christmas pressies not on Christmas Day but on 12th Night.

Midwinter festivals and parties have been held for thousands of years. When people began to convert to Christianity, aspects of the original festivals were incorporated into Christian celebrations. The Midwinter festival lasting for many days became the Twelve Days of Christmas. This period begins on Boxing Day on December 26 and lasts until the Twelfth Night.

Hence, Epiphany, or Twelfth Night, marks the end of the Christmas and New Year season and the start of a New Year and church season.

Enjoy 12th Night, and remember to take the decorations down!

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