The Twelve Days of Christmas / 12日めのお祝い

January 5, 2010

23 November 1977 United Kingdom
The Twelve Days of Christmas
design: David Gentleman

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
eleven pipers piping,
ten lords a-leaping,
nine ladies dancing,
eight maids a-milking,
seven swans a-swimming,
six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings.
Four calling birds,
three French hens,
two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Today is the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January – and many of European countries are on holiday tomorrow.

This set of stamps are based on a song made around 16th century, telling us something about those 12 days, between Jesus’s birthday and the Epiphany.  Some of the lyric and picture on stamps do not match, though..



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