One of the most famous Christmas songs of the season is “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” but when I began researching for this blog I realized how very little I know about the origins of this tune.
Some quick research told me that the Twelve Days of Christmas is actually a twelve-day block of festivities that begin on December 25 and lasts until January 5. The final day of celebration is known as Twelfth Night, where traditionally people would eat a cake with a bean in it, and whomever found the bean ruled the feast until midnight.
It kinda makes me wonder why we don’t celebrate Christmas this way now! A twelve-day party? Sign me up!
In my research I also came across this incredible photoshoot that was featured in the 1998 December edition of Vogue.
These photos are just gorgeous, and very creative!
A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Two Turtle Doves
Three French Hens
Four Calling Birds
Five Golden Rings
Six Geese A-Laying
(Sorry! — couldn’t find the sixth photo in the series!)
Seven Swans A-Swimming
Eight Maids A-Milking
Nine Ladies Dancing
Ten Lords A-Leaping
Eleven Pipers Piping
Twelve Drummers Drumming
All pics thanks to the Fashion Spot
It looks to me like all these people have some great celebrations lined up, so what about you?
What do your holiday festivities entail?