Festive atmosphere during Christmastide
Christmastide ("Christmas time"), more commonly called The Twelve Days of Christmas
and sometimes referred to as Twelvetide ("Twelve time"), is the festive Christmas
season celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It starts on Christmas Day
, December 25, considered the "First Day of Christmas", and ends on January 5 of the following year, on Epiphany Eve
(also known as Twelfth Night
Christmastide encompasses a number of important religious and secular celebrations, including Christmas Day on December 25, St. Stephen's Day
on December 26, Childermas (or the Feast of the Holy Innocents) on December 28, New Year's Eve
on December 31, New Year's Day
on January 1, and Epiphany Eve (Twelfth Night) on the evening of January 5. However, Christmas Eve
on December 24 and Epiphany
on January 6 are not part of Christmastide.
Christmastide follows the Advent
season and is followed by Epiphanytide ("Epiphany time"), the season of Epiphany.
While for most Western Christian churches Christmastide falls on the dates listed on this page, for some Christian denominations it begins very late on Christmas Eve, while for others it starts on December 26 and last until January 6 of the following year or even further (ie. longer than twelve days).
Further reading: Christmastide
2021 calendar as templates for
Word, Excel and PDF
A selection of calendar templates for 2021 in landscape and portrait orientation and with US federal holidays, suitable for a variety of applications.