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The 12 days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day, December 25, and last right through until January 6, also known as Three Kings' Day or Epiphany. The period has been celebrated since before the middle ages but was updated over time to include prominent figures in Christian history.
The twelfth day lands on January 5th and is often called the Epiphany. This is the date the magi, or the three kings, were believed to arrive in Bethlehem. The Twelve Days of Christmas have been celebrated in Europe since before the Middle Ages. The three Kings (Wise Men, Astrologers, or "travelers from the East") and Epiphany represent the message of Christ being also given to the gentiles (all non-Jewish peoples).
THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS -- Song