Twelve Days of Christmas.
|12 Days of Christmas|
|Observances||varies by church, culture, country|
|Date||25 December–5/6 January|
|Related to||Christmas Day, Twelfth Night, Epiphany|
Many different saint feast days fall within the twelve days of Christmas, but they are not part of the Twelve Days themselves. The Twelve Days is a distinct period focused on commemorating the Nativity of Christ. Different traditions follow slightly different days and traditions. St. Stephen's Day, for example, is December 26 in the Western Church and December 27 in the Eastern Church. December 28 is Childermas/Feast of the Holy Innocents. In Britain and the former colonies, December 26 is also known as Boxing Day, a secular holiday. Currently, the twelve days and nights are celebrated in varying ways around the world. Some give gifts only on Christmas Day, some only on Twelfth Night, and some each of the twelve nights. In many Latin American countries, the Feast of the Epiphany is accorded a great celebration.