Glass nativity on an old vintage song book.
Songbook open to Joy to the World.
I had rosemary in the arrangement but removed it when it dried out..;-)
Fabric used on the runner are Thimbleberries.
It is the 12th Day of Christmas the day your True Love should have given you all those wonderful gifts and a Partridge in a Pear Tree...;-)
Aunt Dot ,90 yrs old,and my Mama always recalled this from their childhood.
So as long as Mama was with us we would leave up the decor till after Old Christmas Day.
A lot of churches have moved away from it or changed it to fit their modern day needs.
In historical times, days were counted as beginning and ending at sunset (rather than midnight, which required an accurate clock). In that system of reckoning, evenings were the first part of the day, so Christmas day would be considered to begin at sunset on December 24th, and end at sunset on the 25th; therefore, Christmas Eve was originally the beginning of the Christmas holy day. This is why so many traditions have Christmas Eve services.The Twelve Days of Christmas
The “12 Days of Christmas” that we sing about begin on the day after Christmas (a common misconception is that the “12 Days” ends on Christmas). Christmas Day is not included in the “12 Days” because it is a Holy Day, and was considered too sacred for partying and merriment; therefore, the “12 Days” began immediately after Christmas.
Using the old “sunset to sunset” reckoning described above, the “12 Days” lasted from sunset on December 25th until sunset on January 6th, the day of Epiphany (also known as “Twelfth Day” in many traditions). In this reckoning, the evenings of the twelve days begin on the evening before the specified day, so
Twelfth Night is the evening of January 5-6.
This old reckoning has the Church seasons of Christmastide and Epiphany overlapping on January 6th. Many traditions (including our own) choose to have Christmastide end as Epiphany begins. Thus, we celebrate Christmastide until the early morning of the Twelfth Night.
Today (until sunset) is the 12th Day of Christmas.
Can go here and read more if you want too..;-)
Wishing you the 'bestest' day!