History of the 12 Days of Christmas: They’re after Christmas?

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Confusion

However, it may be possible that this song has been confused with another song called “A New Dial” (also known as “In Those Twelve Days”), which goes back to at least 1625 assigning religious meanings to each of the twelve days of Christmas though not for teaching a catechism. During those days there was a custom of singing songs called a “memory-and-forfeits performance” in which people added verses to a song cumulatively until the loser of the game forgot the first verses.

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