In 567 A.D., at the Council of Tours, the church tried to reconcile a dispute between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. The West celebrated the feast of Christ’s birth on Christmas day, Dec. 25, as its major holiday, and the East celebrated this day, Jan. 6, as Epiphany, remembering the visit of the Wise Men and Jesus’ baptism. Since no agreement could be reached on a specific date, the decision was made to have all 12 days between Dec. 25 and Jan. 6 designated “holy days,” or as it was later pronounced, “holidays.” These became known as the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”

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