→The Twelve Days of Christmas
traditions 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.