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Welcome December and Christmas, but Turtle Doves and US wages now hike The 12 Days of Christmas to an all-time price tag of $34K. The US slow recovery of the economy continues to keep the cost of Christmas or at least the gifts listed in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" from spiraling out of control. Blame wages and turtle doves: '12 Days' now costs $34,363 https://apnews.com/519e3626e6464f5689980fa8ba3ec7a5

The Twelve Days Of Christmas - Ray Conniff Singers (traditional, w/lyrics) https://youtu.be/_1UoMu_izFQ?list=RD_1UoMu_izFQ via @YouTube

The Rockefeller Christmas Tree is now gleaming as the Christmas season begins. The streets are hung with lights, the stores are decorated with red and green, and you can't turn on the radio without hearing songs about the spirit of the season.

The excitement builds to a climax on the morning of December 25, and then it stops, abruptly. Christmas is over, the New Year begins, and people go back to their normal lives.

Christmas is a month long celebration when Christians await the coming of Christ. Then Christmas Day brings twelve days of celebration, ending on January 6 with the Epiphany.

Also, know as the arrival of the 3 wise kings, January 6 is when the celebration of Christmas comes to an end. "Twelfth Night" as all lovers of Shakespeare know is the ultimate celebration of Christmas madness Shakespeare's play features one of his many "wise fools" who understand the real meaning of life better than those who think they are sane.

Biblical Magi - The THREE KINGS Mysteries https://youtu.be/Ts_w2r4mpqs via @YouTube

Blame wages and turtle doves: '12 Days' now costs $34,363 https://apnews.com/519e3626e6464f5689980fa8ba3ec7a5

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The Star of Bethlehem was no star. ‘Wise men’ may have followed rare alignment of planets: astrophysicist http://natpo.st/2gvrUE7 via @nationalpost

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