The Twelve Days of Christmas 2023


When are The Twelve Days of Christmas 2023?

The Twelve Days of Christmas 2023 starts on Monday, December 25, 2023 (in 321 days) and ends on Friday, January 5th 2024 (in 332 days).  Calendar for 2023
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What are The Twelve Days of Christmas?

Festive atmosphere during the Twelve Days of Christmas. Photo: flickr.com/photos/56218409@N03/23606479564Festive atmosphere during the Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas, also called Christmastide ("Christmas time") and sometimes referred to as Twelvetide, is another name for the festive Christmas season celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a period of celebration, feasting and Saints' Days. It starts on Christmas Day, December 25, and ends on January 5 of the following year, known as Twelfth Night or Epiphany Eve.

It is a common misconception that the Twelve Days of Christmas are the twelve days before Christmas, coinciding with Advent and culminating in Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, however this is incorrect! In fact the Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day, considered the "First Day of Christmas".

They encompass a number of important religious and secular celebrations, including Christmas Day on December 25, St. Stephen's Day/Boxing Day on December 26 (also called "Second Christmas Day" or "Second Day of Christmas" in some countries), 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 Twelfth Night/Epiphany Eve on the evening of January 5. However, Christmas Eve on December 24 and Epiphany on January 6 are not part of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

While for most Western Christian churches the Twelve Days of Christmas fall on the dates listed on this page, for some denominations they start only on December 26 and last until January 6 of the following year.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is also the title of a popular English song, describing a series of gifts given on each of the twelve days of the Christmas season. The song starts as follows:

      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
      and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

and continues like this for every of the twelve days, adding a new gift in every verse and repeating and accumulating the already received gifts.

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When are The Twelve Days of Christmas 2024?

The Twelve Days of Christmas 2024 starts on Wednesday, December 25, 2024 (in 687 days) and ends on Sunday, January 5th 2025 (in 698 days).  Calendar for 2024

Dates for The Twelve Days of Christmas from 2018 to 2028

The next occurrence of The Twelve Days of Christmas is marked in red.

Year The Twelve Days of Christmas starts on The Twelve Days of Christmas ends on
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2018      Tuesday, December 25, 2018      Saturday, January 5, 2019
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2019      Wednesday, December 25, 2019      Sunday, January 5, 2020
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2020      Friday, December 25, 2020      Tuesday, January 5, 2021
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2021      Saturday, December 25, 2021      Wednesday, January 5, 2022
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2022      Sunday, December 25, 2022      Thursday, January 5, 2023
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2023      Monday, December 25, 2023      Friday, January 5, 2024
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2024      Wednesday, December 25, 2024      Sunday, January 5, 2025
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2025      Thursday, December 25, 2025      Monday, January 5, 2026
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2026      Friday, December 25, 2026      Tuesday, January 5, 2027
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2027      Saturday, December 25, 2027      Wednesday, January 5, 2028
The Twelve Days of Christmas 2028      Monday, December 25, 2028      Friday, January 5, 2029
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The Twelve Days of Christmas 2023
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