Dear all anime bloggers,
I hope that all of you are having a wonderful holiday season. After all, it’s the season to be jolly and merry. While the year winds down, it’s also a golden opportunity to look back at the year that has just passed and reflect upon the memorable moments. Every year I see many bloggers doing their “Twelve Days of Christmas” countdowns, a clever way of integrating year-end reflections with a holiday theme. However, I must make one point that has always bothered me.
The Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas.
Traditionally, the Twelve Days of Christmas are known as Christmastide. It celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, various occurrences related to the birth, and other saints’ feast days. The first day of Christmas is Christmas Day. The Twelve Days of Christmas ends on Twelfth Night, traditionally on January 5.
In medieval times, the people celebrated for these twelve days, and the festivities would climax on Twelfth Night, thus the namesake of the Shakespeare play. On the day after, Epiphany, all decorations would then be taken down.
In modern society, the tradition of Twelve Days of Christmas have been mostly lost because of the focus is now on presents. The be-all-end-all is shopping for the holidays and getting Christmas presents on Christmas Day. I guess our materialistic society is to blame, but we’re really missing out on some crazy medieval partying.
So now that you know, please kindly save your corny write-up of why episode 6 of Grisaia no Kajitsu was so memorable to you for after Christmas, and dedicate it properly to the Feast of St. Egwin of Worcester.