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Old 22 December 2007, 05:44 PM
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D'oh! Are the 12 days biblical?

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One oddity of the legend behind the Twelve Days is the consistency of the story. Barnicle said he’s researched it on several Web sites, and found that the symbols for what the Twelve Days stand for are surprisingly consistent. “If it were really fabrications, you’d see a variety of answers,’’ he said.
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Old 17 April 2008, 01:20 AM
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Well, the article about it here on Snopes has some good things to say about this. For example, since this is a Christmas song, what did you do for the rest of the year?
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Old 17 April 2008, 10:49 AM
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I think the point is how bad the guy's analysis is... "web sites"? Couldn't he find it in any older sources?

All that his observation means is that it was made up quite recently and hasn't diverged into different versions yet. The way things are copied by email and cut-and-paste makes reproduction quite faithful, so it's not at all surprising that the versions he found were the same - they were probably all copied from the same source. In fact, I'd say the opposite to what he does - if it was an older tradition then you'd expect to find variation.
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This just in: The Little Drummer Boy is a true story.
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