During the holiday season, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is heard everywhere from shopping malls to television commercials to church functions. Everywhere you go, you can hear about Two Turtle Doves, Seven Swans-a-Swimming and Eleven Pipers Piping. But what does any of this mean? What does a song about doves, hens and geese have to do with Christmas?
The carol has its roots in 18th-century England, as a memory and forfeit game sung by British children. In the game, players had to remember all of the previous verses and add a new verse at the end. Those unable to remember a verse paid a forfeit, in the form of a kiss or a piece of candy to the others.One theory, however, connects the carol to the era when Catholicism was outlawed in England, from 1558 and 1829. The carol, it is said, was a catechism song for Catholics to learn "the tenets of their faith," as they could not openly practice in Anglican society . While many still hold the idea of a coded hymn to be true, there's no substantive evidence that this was the case, nor is there any evidence that the verses contain anything uniquely Catholic.
The 12 days of Christmas, is in fact, are the days from Dec. 25, celebrated as the birth of Jesus Christ, to the epiphany, celebrated on Jan. 6 as the day when the manifestation of Christ's glory was realised.
While sects of Christianity celebrate the 12 days of Christmas differently, certain ones, such as the Eastern Orthodox Church, consider the Epiphany to be the most important day of the Christmas season. Some exchange gifts on each of the 12 days instead of only on Christmas day.
Everyone is so busy especially in the run up to Christmas, trying to finish last minute gifts, shopping and wrapping presents. It is therefore ,nice to take some time out after Christmas to knit something special for ourselves.
The advent will contain 12 Mini skeins of Fingering weight Merino/ nylon yarn 20g/80m, a total of 240g/960m, and a few small gifts.
The yarn will be hand painted especially for this advent and no two skeins will be the same but will all complement each other