One website totals the value of the 12 days of Christmas at nearly $100,000. Makes you wonder what this guy did for a living, and why he needed to try so hard to impress his true love. (And if he bothered to wrap any of the gifts.)
It is speculated that the song was actually a Catholic symbolism song meant to teach children:
1The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed
For more, see: http://www.byrum.org/misc/christmas/origin.html (This list is from that site)
The question is, if someone was going to do the 12 Days of Christmas to you, what would you want? Leave a comment on this post answering this question, and you could win one of two signed copies of “The Canticle Kingdom.” You don’t have to do the whole song if you don’t want, but at least on of the days.
Myself? I’d probably put more edible stuff in there like “and a pizza with pepperoni…” 12 publishing contracts would be nice too.
I will draw a winner on the 12th of December and one on the 24th (which is 12 days from the 12th). Entries are as follows:
1 entry for a blog post answering the question.
2 entries for posting on Facebook about this contest.
2 entries of posting on Twitter about this contest.
2 entries for blogging about it.
(Please let me know which of these you have done in your post.)
“The Canticle Kingdom” is also available on amazon.com for a great price. Check it out here: http://amzn.com/1599553627.
And have a very Merry Christmas!