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The Twelve Days of Christmas
== The Twelve Days of Christmas ==
 
The Catholic liturgy begins counting the 12 days on Christmas itself.
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| 25 December
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| 26
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|Feast of Steven
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| 27
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|Feast of John the Apostle
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| 28
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|Feast of the Holy Innocents
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| 29
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| 30
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| 31
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| 1 January
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|Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God<br>
Formerly the "Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus" and the Octave of Christmas.
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| 2
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|Sts. Basil and Gregory, Bishops and Doctors
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| 3
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| 4
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|St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
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|St. John Neumann, Bishop
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Some traditions people may start the count on December 26 and see January 6 as the Twelfth Day.
* [http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/music/12days.asp Snopes: "The Twelve Days of Christmas."] Snopes says that the legend of encoding the catechism in the song is false. Others disagree. Such is life! The first English version of the song, possibly derived from a French original, appeared in 1780. The allegation that it was a Jesuit code intended to confound English persecutors dates to the 1990s.

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