This is the sixth in an 11 part series on The Twelve Days of Christmas, go here to read part one.
Now that we’re on the backside of the 12 Days of Christmas, I was to start talking about Twelfth Night. I touched on this a little bit a few days back. You can read that blog here.
Twelfth Night is the night 12 nights after Christmas, and the night before Epiphany. It marks the end of the Christmas holiday celebrations, and traditionally, all Christmas decorations must come down by this time.
During Renaissance time, Twelfth night gifts were given as a representation of the Magi giving gifts to the Christ child. The most extravagant gifts were given within the royal courts as a way of seeking favor(s) from the monarchs. If you wanted to upset the monarch, you may leave them off your Twelfth Night gift list, or not give the appropriate gift. I’m thankful my God only wants me for who I am and nothing more. Attempting to pick out a gift for Him would be horrible.
“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven swans a swimming…”
Seven Swans a-Swimming—The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord); the Seven Sacraments (Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Communion, Confession, Marriage, Holy Orders, and the Anointing of the Sick)