My Twelve Days of Christmas #12

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to meTwelve drummers drummingEleven pipers pipingTen lords a-leapingNine ladies dancingEight maids a-milkingSeven swans a-swimmingSix geese a-layingFive gold rings (five golden rings)Four calling birdsThree French hensTwo turtledovesAnd a partridge in a pear tree
And a partridge in a pear tree

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night. The Twelve Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.

I hope you have enjoyed singing along to the 12 days of Christmas with me… and remember it is now time to take those Christmas decorations down.

Twelfth Night was a big time of celebration with people holding large parties. During these parties, often the roles in society were reversed with the servants being served by the rich people. This dated back to medieval and Tudor times when Twelfth Night marked the end of ‘winter’ which had started on 31st October with All Hallows Eve (Halloween).


  1. Travtrails says:

    Enjoyed the series and accompanying pics. Something new for me 👍

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Indra, nice to know you enjoyed the series. Happy New Year!

      1. Travtrails says:

        The best of 2023 🌺

  2. All over for another year! Thanks for the lovely pictures.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Indeed. Must do better next year, these were simply winter photos I liked without really connecting them with the numbers.

      1. But you started something! It’s a good idea, but I think I’d have to start thinking about it now.

  3. restlessjo says:

    That’s lovely! What exactly? I have been obedient and taken the decorations down. It always takes a fraction of the time of putting them up. And then you have to dust and rearrange things. Tired now. We popped over to Ayamonte to try and catch the 3 kings but we are seriously bad at it. Came home early because we both have rotten colds. I expect they’ll process without us.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think it could be ‘Pseudowintera colorata ‘Red Leopard’ / ‘New Zealand pepper tree’. There seem to be a lot of NZ shrubs and trees down here. Sorry to hear about your illnesses, hope you feel better soon.

      1. restlessjo says:

        I’m just a sniffy person 🤣💗

  4. I’ve really enjoyed your 12 days posts. Thanks for sharing

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glad you enjoyed them QG 🙂

  5. I’ve loved all these beautiful photos, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Carol, glad you enjoyed my 12 days.

  6. Very pretty. I’ve enjoyed the series, but no, the decorations are stil up and may be for some time yet. 🙂 I don’t agree with Jo that it takes less time to put them away than to put them up, at least as far as the decorations on the main tree. I have to figure out where to put them all and then how to pack all the containers in the large container. Putting them on the tree is much easier, even though I don’t do it. I do all the rest and the girls and my husband do the tree.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, but if I remember correctly you do have a lot of decorations. I’m sure you’ll get there eventually, and some people keep decorations up until Candlemas which is Feb 2nd so plenty of time yet!

      1. Yes, I do have quite a few. 😉. We enjoy having them up so it’s not an issue. I think they’ll be down before Candlemas (love that name).

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    The crimson edges of these leaves are most impressive – such a depth of colour. They’d add a lot to a winter garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, these leaves are rather a lovely colour.

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Beautifully captured

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