Eleventh Day of Christmas is Full of Festive Gifts

Eleven pipers piping.

Editor's note: This is the 11-installment of a 12-day series about the song, 12 Days of Christmas. The 12-days of Christmas begin Christmas Day or the day after Christmas and conclude on the Day of Epiphany, which is falls on Jan. 6 this year. The Day of Epiphany is observed by the Catholic Church and other Christian religions—some of whom see the Day of Epiphany as more important than Christmas.

The 11th day of Christmas brought more gifts of entertainment with 11 Pipers Piping. Other variations include 11 ladies dancing or eleven dames-a-dancing. 

The religious interpretation of this stanza is that it represents the 11 faithful apostles.

The 1953 Perry Como rendition had nine pipers piping and 11 lords a leaping.

The 1972 12 Cajun Days of Christmas version by New Orleans native Jules d'Hemecourt IV had eleven duck decoys. Interesting.


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