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Wright Words: Uncovering the surprising secrets behind ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

You've been singing the "12 Days of Christmas" for as long as you can remember. You played it as a child on a plastic recorder at an elementary school concert wearing a festive red vest made out of scratchy construction paper and green yarn. You don’t remember standing on a rickety riser and wearing antlers made from brown pipe cleaners?

Wait, that was me.

That was about the time my father launched a family tradition based on that beloved carol. Each year we picked a family that needed a little magic during the season. Unlike many other Christmas traditions, the need wasn’t usually financial. It was about brushing color onto an otherwise black and white holiday season. Our targets were often dealing with December sadness: deaths, illness, empty nests, etc.

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