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Don't take down the decorations yet; there are several days of Christmas to go

Pulp fact: Wassail is a hot mulled cider tradionally drunk on New Year's Eve and Twelfth Night. It is somtimes called lamb's wool because pulp of roasted apples looks frothy like lamb's wool.
Pulp fact: Wassail is a hot mulled cider tradionally drunk on New Year's Eve and Twelfth Night. It is somtimes called lamb's wool because pulp of roasted apples looks frothy like lamb's wool.

Maybe you're thinking it's time to kick the Christmas tree to the curb, but you'd love an excuse to put off the time-consuming task.

Well, rejoice!

Dec. 27 might be the second day of after-Christmas markdowns according to the modern retail calendar, but we're only on Day 3 of the original, bona fide 12 Days of Christmas, the ones in the famous carol.

According to the traditional Christian calendar, the 12 Days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day and end Jan. 6, the feast of Epiphany — celebrated as the day the Magi made it to Bethlehem.

Some Christian sects consider the Epiphany to be the most important day of the Christmas season.

To honor tradition and keep the true holiday spirit alive, we offer a few lesser-known fun facts related to the 12 Days.

So instead of wrangling with a tangle of Christmas lights and boxing up the baubles in haste, relax, finish off the eggnog, and wait until the Epiphany, at least. It might just bring about some sort of holiday epiphany.

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