Today is the Fifth Day of Christmas.
No, you don’t have to put your tree back up, but just be aware that the season isn’t over.
Most traditional Christmas celebrations go through January 6, known as the Epiphany or Feast of Lights. Adherance to different calendars between Catholic Rome and Protestant Great Britain meant that for a while Christmas day ws celebrated on January 6 and was thus known as “Old Christmas.” It is traditionally believed to be the day that the Magi visited the Christ child.
In reality, the visit was probably some two years after the birth of the child. But traditions being what they are, the three kings wound up at the stable.
In most Western Churches Christmas Day is actually considered the First Day of Christmas and in many churches these twelve days are also known as Christmastide. The twelve days have actually been celebrated since before the Middle Ages.
Most Americans are familiar with the song the Twelve Days of Christmas, but many confuse the days as being the days leading up to December 25. In the 1990s a story began circulating the Internet that said the song was written as a way to teach the Catechism to Catholic Children in the days when they were being persecuted by the Protestants, but there is no evidence to substantiate this claim. Still, it’s a nice story.
Today is the fifth day of Christmas, the day of Five Golden Rings.
Snopes.com: No, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was not created as a coded reference to important articles of the Christian faith.
According to PNC Wealth Management the cost of purchasing the twelve days’ worth of gifts in 2015 would be $34,131.