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Days Until Christmas

Days Until Christmas

Awaiting the swift sway of days until Christmas to pass? Well with the commencement of Christmas and the Christmas countdown, we are just a few days away from the days till Christmas to quickly pass. As we dive into the Christmas excitement, let us all go back to the History and reminisce The 12 Days of Christmas which has significant importance in the religion of Christianity and which is now converted into a famous song which talks about someone receiving lots of gifts from their 'true love'. However, in order to get to this song, there was a need for days, to begin with. The 12 Days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day and lasts until the eve of the 5th January which is termed as Twelfth Night. These 12 Days have been commemorated in the parts of Europe even before the middle ages and it marked the time of celebrations.

 

Twelve Days each are authentically celebrated as a feast day for a saint and also have different celebrations on each of the days that include:

 

 

Day 1 I.e 25th December which is a Christmas Day, marks the birth celebration of Lord Jesus.

Day 2 I.e 26th December also studied as Boxing Day and St Stephen’s Day as he was the first Christian martyr who died for his faith. It is termed as a Boxing Day because centuries ago, the aristocrats used to distribute the Christmas Boxes to the servants with some food and sweets or the leftovers from the Christmas Day. This particular day also marks the day when the Christmas Carol 'Good King Wenceslas' is also sung and cherished.

Day 3 I.e 27th December is marked as the day for St John the Apostle who happened to be one of Lord Jesus's Disciples and friends)

Day 4 I.e 28th December is the day that notes the Feast of the Holy Innocents. This is the time when people remember the baby boys which King Herod killed while trying to find and kill Baby Jesus.

Day 5 I.e 29th December is the day when St Thomas Becket is remembered. He was an Archbishop of Canterbury in the Twelveth century and was brutally murdered on 29th December 1170 for challenging the King’s jurisdiction over the Church.

Day 6 I.e 30th December marks the day of St Egwin of Worcester. He was was a Benedictine Monk who later became the third Bishop of Worcester in England.

Day 7 I.e 31st December is recognized as a New Year's Eve also pronounced as Hogmanay in Scotland. This day is celebrated while reminiscing Pope Sylvester I. He was one of the initial popes in the 4th Century. In plenty of central and eastern European countries which includes Austria, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Slovenia, New Year's Eve is still called 'Silvester'. In the United Kingdom, New Year's Eve is also a traditional day for games and sports competitions. Archery is one popular sport and as history says, during the middle ages this sport was a mandate and had to be practiced by all men between age 17-60 on Sunday after Church. 

Day 8 I.e 1st January is the day where Mary, the Mother of Jesus is prayed and remembered.

Day 9 I.e 2nd January marks the day of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, the two important Christians in the 4th century.

Day 10 I.e 3rd January is again a Feast day of the Holy Name of Jesus. This day is remembered onto the day when Jesus was officially named in the Jewish Temple. This day is celebrated by different churches on a broader number of different dates!

Day 11 I.e 4th January is remembered in the name of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton who was the first American saint, that lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. In the past, this day also celebrated the feast of Saint Simon Stylites who lived on a tiny platform on the top of a pillar for 37 years.

Day 12 I.e 5th January which is also called Epiphany Eve is a Christian feast day that is celebrated on the occasion of the revelation of God incarnate child as Jesus Christ. 

Having got the explanation of the twelve days, the following Twelfth Night in the ancient history marked the time of huge celebration with people funding large parties. During these parties, quite often the roles in society were reversed where the servants were being served by the rich people.

Happy Reading !!!! 

 

Posted On: December 05, 2019

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