’Tis the season for giving! And we’ve got some great giveaway prizes, interactive activities, and free resources just for you starting on December 13! Make sure you check the ASEA Facebook and Instagram pages daily to see what we have waiting for you over the next 12 days!

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The origin of a tradition

ASEA’s 12 Days of Celebration gets its name from the Twelve Days of Christmas, which has a strong gift-giving tradition. This beloved tradition in Christian theology represents the span between the birth of Jesus Christ and the coming of the Magi or the three wise men. Technically, it begins on December 25 and runs through January 6, also known as Three Kings’ Day. Many Christians believe that the Twelve Days of Christmas mark the time it took for the wise men to travel to Bethlehem. The four weeks preceding Christmas Day are known as Advent. 

In popular culture, many choose to mark the 12-day feast days leading up to Christmas Day. The earliest version of the popular carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” first appeared in 1780, and historians believe it originated in France. 

Giving back

In honor of those in need, ASEA is also matching every donation made to the Advancing Life Foundation. That means that every dollar you give has double the impact. Christmas is a wonderful time of giving and receiving—and there is joy to be found in both. Click here to donate to the ASEA® Advancing Life Foundation and check out our Donor Alliance perks!