Christmas Day – the first day of the 12 days of Christmas

I'm in bed with Mainie next to me, she's holding a picture book - The Twelve Days of Christmas. Our text reads ''the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas Day'.

Happy Christmas! And yes, it’s still Christmas. Christmas Day is the start of the 12 days of Christmas, not the end. (Yes this is a hill I’m prepared to die on.) 

I’ve been even more horizontal than usual since a frustrating leg bang a few days ago. So here’s a relatively rare (given how much time I spend here) picture of me in bed. 

We’ll be eating a lot of cheese, singing Christmas songs, and keeping our decorations up till the 6th of January – when Christmas really will be over.

This book’s by Lara Hawthorne, published by Quarto. It’s not one of ours, but is a gorgeous book with the original words of the song – the 12 Days of Christmas. There are lots out there, but most are rewritings – we wanted an old school one we could sing with. Mainie is very tickled by some of the illustrations (swipe below!).

– Lucy Catchpole

(Similar text first posted on Instagram on the 24th December 2021 

[Image description:

1 – I’m in bed with Mainie next to me, she’s holding a picture book – The Twelve Days of Christmas by Lara Hawthorne (not one we rep). Text reads ”the 12 days of Christmas start on Christmas Day’.

2 – first slide – the background is a book. Text reads ‘we might be the only ones, but we’ll be here eating mince pies and singing Christmas songs, tree still up, till the 5th of January’.

3 – second slide: A photo of the hardback picture book ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ by Lara Hawthorne, published by Quarto.

4 – first slide – a close-up of Mainie’s laughing face. Text reads ‘swipe to see the page Mainie’s laughing about’.

5 – second slide – ‘in this book, a goose is laying on the loo. Which is delightful.’ Photo is of an illustration from the book, showing a goose doing exactly that.]

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