Monday, January 2, 2012

So what's happened to the 12 Days of Christmas?

On the First Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ... a box to pack the tree ornaments into???

Maybe it is just because we are all so connected now with Facebook et al, but it seems like lots of people are packing away Christmas just a tad earlier than they should be.

The 12 days of Christmas is not just a song, but refers to the time period between Christmas day and Epithany - also known as Twelfth Day/Night.  Despite what the shops will have us believe, the Christmas period begins on December 1st as Advent commences and it finishes on Epithany. So, even if you are not religous but merely like to keep to the traditions, your decorating begins when the Advent Calendar starts its countdown of 24 days and you keep your Christmas Tree up until the 12 Day, January 6th.

I well know the magic that turns your tree from glorious on Christmas Eve to clutter on Boxing Day, but tradition is tradition - even if none of it makes any sense in our climate (our poor tree today is facing 40 degrees Celcius more than a month after it left the Farm!)

I seemed to have ended up with a 12 Days theme this year, with these ornaments and this book added to our collection, so I just thought you might like to know :)
Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore

Merry 8th day of Christmas  - when my true love gave to me ... 8 Maids a Milking ...
How appropriate - she is my favourite of the set!
(Oh, and our Tree goes back to the Christmas Tree Farm where it came from, to be mulched and help next year's grow!)

Finally, another take on the traditional song lyrics -

12 Days of Christmas Correspondence

Dearest John:
I went to the door today and the postman delivered a partridge in a pear tree. What a delightful gift. I couldn't have been more surprised.
With dearest love and affection, Agnes
December 15th
Dearest John:
Today the postman brought your very sweet gift. Just imagine, two turtle doves.... I'm just delighted at your very thoughtful gift. They are just adorable.
All my love, Agnes
December 16th
Dear John:
Oh, aren't you the extravagant one! Now I must protest. I don't deserve such generosity. Three french hens. They are just darling but I must insist.... you're just too kind.
Love Agnes
December 17th
Today the postman delivered four calling birds. Now really! They are beautiful, but don't you think enough is enough? You're being too romantic.
Affectionately, Agnes
December 18th
Dearest John:
What a surprise! Today the postman delivered five golden rings. One for each finger. You're just impossible, but I love it. Frankly, John, all those squawking birds were beginning to get on my nerves.
All my love, Agnes
December 19th
Dear John:
When I opened the door there were actually six geese-a-laying on my front steps. So you're back to the birds again, huh? Those geese are huge. Where will I ever keep them? The neighbors are complaining and I can't sleep through the racket. PLEASE STOP!
Cordially, Agnes
December 20th
What's with you and those birds???? Seven swans-a-swimming. What kind of joke is this? There's bird do-do all over the house and they never stop the racket. I'm a nervous wreck and I can't sleep all night. IT'S NOT FUNNY.......So stop with those birds.
Sincerely, Agnes
December 21st
OK Buster:
I think I prefer the birds. What am I going to do with eight maids-a-milking? It's not enough with all those birds and eight maids-a-milking, but they had to bring their own cows. There is poop all over the lawn and I can't move into my own house. Just lay off me. .
December 22nd
What are you? Some kind of sadist? Now there's nine pipers playing. And do they play! They never stopped chasing those maids since they got here yesterday morning. The cows are upset and are stepping all over those screeching birds. No wonder they screech. What am I going to do? The neighbors have started a petition to evict me. You'll get yours.
From Ag
December 23rd
You Creep!
Now there's ten ladies dancing - I don't know why I call them ladies. Now the cows can't sleep and they've got diarrhea. My living room is a river of poop. The commissioner of buildings has subpoenaed me to give cause why the building shouldn't be condemned. I'm sicking the police on you.
One who means it, Ag
December 24th
Listen Idiot:
What's with the eleven lords a-leaping? All 234 of the birds are dead. I hope you're satisfied, you rotten swine.
Your sworn enemy, Miss Agnes McCallister
December 25th (From the law offices Taeker, Spedar, and Baegar)
Dear Sir:
This is to acknowledge your latest gift of twelve fiddlers fiddling, which you have seen fit to inflict on our client, Miss Agnes McCallister. The destruction, of course, was total. All correspondence should come to our attention. If you should attempt to reach Miss McCallister at Happy Dale Sanitarium, the attendants have instructions to shoot you on sight. With this letter, please find attached a warrant for your arrest.
-Merry Christmas

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