American Minute – January 6th

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In 567 AD, at the Council of Tours, the church tried to reconcile a
dispute between Western Europe and Eastern Europe. The West
celebrated the feast of Christ’s birth on Christmas day, December
25th as it’s major holiday, and the East celebrated this day,
January 6th as Epiphany, remembering the visit of the Wise Men and
Jesus’ baptism. Since no agreement could be reached on a specific
date, the decision was made to have all 12 days between December
25th and January 6th designated “holy days” or as it was later
pronounced “holidays.” These became known as the “Twelve Days of

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