The Twelve Days of Christmas are the days from Christmas, December 25, until the beginning of Epiphany, January 6. Epiphany is traditionally celebrated as the time the three Wise Men came bearing gifts to the Christ child. Since Epiphany is celebrated on a Sunday in the United States, the specific “days of Christmas” may fluctuate each year.
Prepare for the third day of Christmas. Follow the song’s requirement for three French hens. Here are some ideas for fulfilling this:
- Stitch three well stuffed French hens from felt and sew on some sequins and buttons for decoration. Add a hanger to hang them on the tree.
- Paint three French hens on an aging piece of furniture that could do with a pretty facelift.
- Buy three hens and start a chicken coop in the backyard or under cover (depending on the weather in your neck of the woods).
- Cook chicken for dinner, with all the trimmings.
In the popular song The Twelve Days of Christmas, three French hens are the gift given on the third day.