As a purveyor of Christmas gifts such as scent diffusers and scented candles, SOF decided to get into the act of using the theme of a popular seasonal song as part of our marketing. That's why we chose The Twelve Days of Christmas.
Everyone is doing it so we decided to jump on board and have a go, and as it is part of our Christmas offering at SOF I felt obliged to delve into the history of the song.
European Holiday Traditions
Having spent most of my adult life in Europe, I was always aware of the fact that holiday traditions differ enormously from the USA. Many Europeans decorate their Christmas trees on the 24th of December and leave it up until the 6th of January. This is opposed to the USA where trees go up right after Thanksgiving and many can be seen tossed onto the street on 26th of December!
The Twelve Days of Christmas actually begin on Christmas Day and last right up until the 6th, better known to Christians as The Epiphany. These 12 days have actually been celebrated since before the Middle Ages.
Christian tradition dating back to the 4th Century marks Twelfth Night, or the Eve of the Epiphany, as the end of the Christmas Season.
That’s why the sidewalks in Europe are not strewn with limp trees until the 6th of January.
The 12 Days of Chrismas Song
But back to that popular song. The history is somewhat murky. The earliest known version appeared in a 1780 children’s book called Mirth With-out Mischief. Some historians think the song could be French in origin, but most agree it was designed as a “memory” game.
You know, a contest to see who can remember all the gifts in the lyrics going backwards. I too am guilty of participating at lease once a year in this silly game with friends or family.
SOF Luxury Skin Care Products and Gifts
This year SOF is featuring specials over a period of 12 days. However, due to problems with modern day shipping and the postal service, we’ve decided to move it all forward and begin on December 1st.
As for the products that we have included in the Twelve Days of Christmas at SOF, we have essential oil diffusers which will last up to a year and continue to fill the room with the wonderful fragrance of Florence!
SOF also has the best scented candles in black or white and each one comes in a custom made gift box.
Luxury Skin Care Products from SOF
Our best selling soap has all the special ingredients and essential oils to make it not only natural but also moisturizing. Each single bar of luxury soap is hand-wrapped and weighs 150 grams (5.29 ounces). (They are long lasting!)
We have carefully chosen the most qualified artisans to make our SOF line of face and body soap and they oversee every step.
And our newest addition to the line is a bath and shower gel with the same wonderful fragrance and moisturizing oils as our soap.
Join us for the Twelve Days of Christmas at SOF!