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Secret Codes are not the province only of Spy vs. Spy, Cold War missions, and Navaho Code Talkers in WWII.  A few hundred years before all of that, Christmas was ILLEGAL in the UK and the American Colonies. The authorities of the Crown decided that Christmas was decadent and a waste of time and money. If you even were in possession of a mince pie, you could go to jail!

Still, the Irish and the American Colonists kept Christmas. They did it with the secret code locked into the carol,  The Twelve Days of Christmas. Many sing it today without knowing the code and that is a shame, since it is beautiful in the story it tells and the traditions it preserves.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is more than a song. It was a lifeline when Christmas was banned and the mince pie criminalized.

While you enjoy the carol and all of its great parodies, have a look at the codes and enjoy the song anew.

What’s it all about? —

The Twelve Days of Christmas, An Irish Code and 12th Night.

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