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When do the 12 Days of Christmas really start?

A Chirstmas present from Guru

Fab Illustration Copyright Dave Gray 2011

Anticipation for the Christmas festivities are building, and we couldn’t resist getting involved in the excitement.

The Gurus will be writing a daily post on the Guru website over the ’12 Days of Christmas’ with a selection of entertaining, amusing and informative Yuletide related titbits. Expect some great videos, photos and articles!

Which only leaves the burning question of when the ’12 days of Christmas’ really starts…

The 12 Days of Christmas – when it really starts

adal 2007-4265_Animacio Pare Noel. Sueca PARC. 22-12-2007Ok, I’ll confess I thought the ’12 days of Christmas’ were the twelve days running up to Christmas day. It isn’t. Officially, it starts on Christmas day and runs through to January 5th. ‘Twelvetide’ seems to have its origins in Christian tradition, and would represent twelve days of religious devotion followed by a feast on the thirteenth day (Jan 6th) – Hurrah more mince pies!

Modern culture often makes the mistake to think it is in the run up to Christmas (kind of a mini-advent).

Guru will be dispensing with tradition and running ‘The Guru 12 Day’s of Christmas’ in the days running up to Christmas. Forgive the inaccuracy, but we just can’t wait until Christmas to share some awesome stuff with you!

There’ll be a ‘FESTIVE‘ section on our homepage, and if you don’t want to miss any of them – we’ll be posting them on Twitter and our Facebook page. If you want the RSS feed of just the 12 Days of Christmas, then you can copy this link into your News Reader: http://gurumagazine.org/category/science/feed/

About The Author:


Doctor Stu is editor of Guru Magazine. He originally trained as a medical doctor before deciding to branch out into lecturing and a spot of writing. He edits Guru magazine - the world's first digital 'science lifestyle magazine'. He also drinks far too much coffee, eats lots of ice cream and has a bizarre love of keeping fit. When given the chance, he likes to boast about being shortlisted for the 2011 Guardian Science Writer of the Year (when not regaling friends with 'fascinating' science factoids). You can check out Doctor Stu’s blog at realdoctorstu.com. Here's his

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