The song "The 12 days of Christmas dates back to 1780 where it was probably a memory game. Once you have stitched out these lovely design you will no longer have any problem remembering all the lines. The first Christian Emperor made Christmas an 8 day feast. King Alfred of England increased the feast days of Christmas from 8 days to 12 days. Create a quilted seasonal wall hanging with these designs. There are 3 sets in this collection.