Saturday, December 26, 2015

On The First Day of Christmas...

During each holiday season we hear "The 12 Days of Christmas" over and over.  We absent-mindedly hum this song while baking cookies, running errands, or working on craft projects...it is a staple of Christmas.

In the past, I have researched to find out what the actual cost of the 12 Days would be...it is staggering!  But I've never researched what this song actually meant.

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...a partridge in a pear tree."

shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

It is rumored that this song was not written just as a Christmas carol, but it was written as a code and message for Catholic youth.  The Catholics of the time were not allowed to practice their faith openly in England, so this song was a way to get the message of Christ out to Catholics.

The "true love" was not a lover, but actually God and his gift was Jesus, the partridge.  Partridges are known for sacrificing their life...which is what Jesus was sent to do for us.  Thus, on the first day of Christmas, December 25th, we were sent a Savior.

It's an interesting little story so I hope you will hang with me over the next few days to read about it!  I've got some recipes, home decor and maybe another craft project to share as well!

Happy 2nd Day of Christmas!


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  1. That is so interesting to know , I had never heard that before !! I always consider Christmas from the 25th on , prior to that , it's madness. So glad your safe and sound down south , I was watching the weather, so sad for other's.
    Excited to see what you have up your sleeve after the beautiful vanity bench re-purpose !!!
    Have a great weekend :) Hug's & love , TT

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    1. After reading the entire article, I had a completely different view of this song. It has never really been one of my favorites because it always seemed so “busy”. But now, with the new information, I see it a little differently. Thank you so much…we are safe…more storms passed through today, but thankfully no tornadoes struck! Hope your week is off to a great start! Love and hugs to you!!

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  2. That is so cool. I did not know that. You are a walking wealth of info! Looking forward to the rest!

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    1. I thought it was all pretty interesting when I ran across the article...and I thought it would be something interesting to share! Thank you, but if it weren't for the internet, I wouldn't have very much information to share! :-)

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  3. I am new to your blog, but already hooked! Thank you

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    1. Thank you so much Marie and I'm so glad you visited and decided to stay! I look forward to having conversations with you and getting your input on the blog! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a relaxing New Year's Eve! :-) Hugs!!

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  4. Hope you had a great Christmas in your new home!
    Brenda

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    1. We had a great Christmas...well, except for the crazy weather! I hope you did also and am looking forward to all of your changes! :-)

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  5. I had heard that somewhere along the way, but it got lost in the recesses of my mind...like everything else lol.

    Hope you had a lovely holiday in your new digs Benita!

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    1. Thank you so much! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas!! Hugs!

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  6. Hope your Christmas was Happy ... a new home is always exciting!
    All good wishes for the New Year too ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Jan, I hope you and your family had a most wonderful Christmas! Happy New Year wishes to you also! Hugs!

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  7. I hope your Christmas was wonderful, Benita!!

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  8. So interesting, Benita. I like that every little thing has a history to it if you only stop to look. Happy holidays.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. I feel the same way and love reading and learning about different things…pretty cool stuff out there! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Hugs!!

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  9. I will never hear this song again without being reminded that the ability to practice one's religion should not be taken for granted. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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    1. You are so welcome! I do hope you are enjoying it! Hugs!!

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  10. Lovely. I love to celebrate all twelve days through January 6. Merry Christmas. xoox Su

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you are enjoying it! Hugs!

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  11. Benita I really enjoyed reading your post. Love learning something new, I have a pop up book of the twelve days of Christmas and I just looked through it with a whole different appreciation. Sending you and yours happy and healthy New Year wishes with many blessings in 2016.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Vera, thank you so much, I’m glad you are enjoying these posts. When I ran across it, I thought it was interesting and would be something good to share during the 12 Days of Christmas. I hope you and your family have a happy, healthy New Year’s celebration with wonderful things happening for you all in 2016! Hugs!!

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