The DoughRoller Weekly RoundUp (12 Days of Christmas Edition)

Growing up, I always thought that the 12 days of Christmas began today, then continued until the last day, which fell on Christmas.  Each day that grew closer provided a new gift, starting with a partridge in a pear tree and finishing with 12 drummers drumming.  However, after a little research, I learned that I was terribly wrong and the 12 days of Christmas actually start on Christmas.

Apparently, the Twelfth Day of Christmas is 5 January, with the celebrations of Christmas traditionally ending on Twelfth Night and is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. In some traditions the first day of Epiphany and the twelfth day of Christmas overlap.  And for those singing the song, this is how the 12 Days of Christmas breaks down:

  • 12 drummers drumming
  • 11 pipers piping
  • 10 lords a leaping
  • 9 ladies dancing
  • 8 maids a milking
  • 7 swans a swimming
  • 6 geese a laying
  • 4 calling birds
  • 3 french hens
  • 2 turtle doves
  • and a partridge in a pear tree

There is also a 12 Pains of Christmas which I find to be quite funny so this year, when you’re singing either song, know that the first day of Christmas is actually on Christmas.  I guess that always made sense to everyone but me.

Onto our favorite money articles from the past week!

Five Fantastic Financial Christmas Gift Ideas for Children @ PT Money: Being brutally honest, kids and money do not mix well together, especially when thinking about Christmas.  However, if you can maneuver it, teaching kids early enough is a great way to prepare them for future life and money lessons.

How To Get a Costco Membership At a Discount @ Moolanomy: Even though a Costco membership won’t cost you an arm and a leg, there are still ways to lower the cost each year.

10 Tax Tips for the End of the Year @ Christian PF: Tax season is quickly approaching and in just a few weeks, it’s time for everyone to start filing their W-2’s.  This article lists some excellent tax tips.

Don’t Storm the Fortress to get a Job @ The Wisdom Journal: Being unemployed is a very stressful situation to work through but you won’t help easy anything with a head strong attitude.

What My Recent Tooth Extraction Taught Me About Money @ Five Cent Nickel: The only time I’ve had teeth extracted was wisdom teeth and all at the same time.  I think the only thing they taught me about money was that dental surgeons live really well.

7 Savory Holiday Food Gifts @ Wise Bread: Most people don’t entertain the idea of giving food as a gift during the holidays but you can bet this is one gift idea that the receiver can’t return!

How To Get Your Kids to Eat Vegetables @ Main Street: God bless her heart, my mother tried to force feed me spinach at least once a week for my entire childhood but that stuff was just nasty.  Even today, I refuse to eat spinach, which is strange because I love Popeye.

5 Ways to Help the Financially Challenged @ Cash Money Life: The obvious answer would be to just give them money, but that is only a temporary solution.  A few great suggestions on how to help those in need, financially, are located within.

And this past week, we participated in the following carnivals:

Published or Updated: May 23, 2011


  1. Shaun says:

    Hey Michael,

    Thanks for that, I was just wondering myself about the 12 days of Christmas… like you I thought they started before Christmas!

    Thanks for the round up too, I’ve got some reading to do :)

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