The Twelve Days of Christmas

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The Twelve Days of Christmas
Anonymous
The Twelve Days of Christmas and the associated evenings of those twelve days (Twelve-tide), are the festive days from the evening after Christmas day (December 25) through Epiphany on (January 6). December 26 (Boxing Day / St. Stephen's Day) is the first day of Christmas, then December 27 is the second day of Christmas, and so on until January 6 which is the 12th day of Christmas. Christmas day, December 25, is therefore not one of the twelve days of Christmas. The associated evenings of the twelve days begin on the evening before the specified day. Thus, the first-night is December 25–26, and Twelfth-night is January 5–6.

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves

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On the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Three French hens

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On the fourth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Four colly birds

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On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Five gold rings

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On the sixth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Six geese a laying

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On the seventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a swimming

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On the eighth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking

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On the ninth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing

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On the tenth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping

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On the eleventh day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping

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On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming

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