A few years ago I heard an interesting tale that this song was actually written as a secret way for persecuted Christians to practice their faith and pass it down to their children. Mystery and intrigue! Right up my alley. Well, it’s not technically true, but it is still a really neat thought, so I’ll be sharing the history of each day – along with the “new” symbolism!
“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree”
No, not this kind of Partridge!
Since the song is probably French in origin, many have speculated that the pear tree is in fact supposed to be perdrix, French for partridge and pronounced per-dree. But now-a-days in France the first day’s gift is “a good stuffing without bones”. Although that sounds tasty, I like pears, so I’m sticking with the English version!
Now, if we were in Scotland, on the first day our lovies would be bringing us
A popingo-aye (parrot)!
In the modern folklore version, the since the partridge is considered one of the most protective birds and shelters their young with their own bodies, it stands for the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. The cross is often referred to as a tree and it seems fitting that the partridge is in a tree.
A beautiful way to remember Christ in Christmas.
Only $4.00 and free shipping (hurry it's a Cyber Monday special - I don't know how long it will last!)
100% of the proceeds of this item benefit The Shepherd's Haven, shop their Etsy store!
(I might even be picking up some of these to [ReDeem] into necklaces soon!)
The historical counterpart is from "A New Dial" that included 12 verses that pertained to the 12 Days of Christmas. The first day is:
“Who are they that are but one?
We have one God alone
In Heaven above sits on His throne.”
Well – at any rate, I love to sing this part in a round. One year at a Christmas party everyone was assigned one of the days to sing. This was great fun! After my temporary bitterness at not drawing the beautiful “5 Go-old Rings!” (can you tell I like to be the center of attention?) I really embraced the partridge and it’s tree! Even people who mumble and fumble through the rest of the song ALWAYS get this one right!
One thing I won’t mumble about is this fabulous vintage apron:
Fun and Funky Friday post a few weeks back, Lorraine of Aprons n More contacted me letting me know that she’d like to offer it as a prize to my readers! WOW – thanks Lorraine!
her Etsy shop with lots more soon! For now, she’s got fabulous aprons listed (some of her over 400 piece collection!)
So, to enter Day 1’s giveaway, here’s the scoop. You’ll get 1 entry for each of the following:
• Post a comment (1 per day – so after you check out the next day’s blog, come back here and enter again – just like the song builds every day, so do your chances!
• Post the button (then a comment letting me know)
• Blog, Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway with the link (then a comment letting me know)
• Follow me (then a comment letting me know)
• BONUS entry! Visit Loraine’s Etsy shop and leave a comment telling us which apron you like best!
The fine print:
• You must leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry – this is the only way to keep it fair and straight (and keep me from having to kill a tree printing them out and cutting them apart!)
• All giveaways will be held on December 13th
• A random number generator will be used to determine the winner(s)
• If your e-mail address is not publicly listed on your profile, please include it with your comment(s)
• We reserve the right to re-draw if the first winner does not respond within 48 hours (please don’t let this happen – that would just be sad!)
And – (aren’t you glad you read all the way to the end? There is a reward for being detail oriented and “stickin’ with it”!) as if you needed more incentive to enter this and the other drawings –
I will be drawing, from ALL the comments on all the days (I’m getting nervous just thinking of the math involved – no worries, hubby is inclined that way, I’ll put him in charge)
Are you still there?
$50 gift card to your choice of Anthropologie or Hobby Lobby!
Great idea. Love the information on the Twelve Days of Christmas. I'm going to TRY to figure out how to put the button on my blog. I'll be following along... Merry Christmas!ReplyDelete
I am a follower!ReplyDelete
I love this apron--too cute!ReplyDelete
I also posted your button on my blog.ReplyDelete
I really like her American flag bib apron.ReplyDelete
Woohoo! Sounds good - you're gonna have fun...ReplyDelete
Oh what fun! I remember the song well. I'll be watching every day!ReplyDelete
YaY! How cool is this! sign me up! Thank you!!!ReplyDelete
wooooow,thanks for this chance.ReplyDelete
Thanks for explaining that song!ReplyDelete
I'm a follower.ReplyDelete
I've posted your button (atually did that yesterday.ReplyDelete
I visited Loraine's Etsy shop and I loved the Vintage work smock, but since you said apron, how about the German Cloth Apron in Lavendar and Plaid. I just love it and I'm on a purple kick of late!ReplyDelete
It doesn't like it when I post I'm a follower. I didn't that twice already and it kicked it out. Sob, it doesn't like me!ReplyDelete
I added the button on my blog.ReplyDelete
i visit Loraine’s Etsy shop and I love HALF APRON IN GREEN COTTON SOLIDReplyDelete
Love learning the history behind carols such as The Twelve Days. Great post!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for entering my giveaway, best of luck!
Loved hearing the folk lore version of the symbolism of Christ!!ReplyDelete
I love that cross. That would make a great stocking stuffer for my mother-in-law.ReplyDelete
Love the apron!!!ReplyDelete
I've got you linked on my blog!: )ReplyDelete
This is quite a beautiful apron!ReplyDelete
I loved today's post as well, very informative! I look forward to the next one!
Oh! And P.S: You changed your blog layout since I was last here (I took too long of a break for moving), I love the new look! :)
I have just started following your blog and have enjoyed reading it!ReplyDelete
I just have to get that cross. Every time I see it, I think, "my mother-in-law would love that".ReplyDelete
PS. I got sneaky. I copied my post and when it didn't take it, just had to paste it back in. LOL
Enjoyed reading this post!ReplyDelete
This is so much fun!!! Thanks for hosting!ReplyDelete
I posted your button!ReplyDelete
I was able to get the cross and that all proceeds go to the charity is great. I like supporting good things like that.ReplyDelete
Love it! Started following Monday ... doesn't look like my comment made it.ReplyDelete
I posted buttonReplyDelete
Commenting for Friday!ReplyDelete
sounds like a blast!!!ReplyDelete
I am a follower. love your blog!!!ReplyDelete
I have your button on my page. My email address is : email@example.comReplyDelete
Looks great! Interestin post!ReplyDelete
I laugh ever time I see the Patridge (man can't remember his name!) in the tree. LOLReplyDelete
I was singing this song to myself today ("The 12 Days of Christmas"), and when I sang "and a partridge in a pear tree", I immediately thought of your Partridge picture at the top. It cracked me up.ReplyDelete
Well, here is today's entry. My cross arrived and I LOVE it and I think the person who's stocking stuffer it is will love it too. They also sent a sweet little gift ornament with it! That's mine to keep.ReplyDelete
Great charity and great ornaments. Thanks for their link.
Image courtesy of artist Annie Soudain - Very Pretty
I have posted your button on my blogReplyDelete
It just took me until Day 10 to figure out how this giveaway works! ha I've enjoyed catching up!ReplyDelete
WHEW, gets really hard to comment after all the days, every day. Well, please enter me!ReplyDelete
Please enter me. It's getting harder and harder to comment. Plus I have a headache. OUCHReplyDelete
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Thank you for hosting the 12 Days of Christmas.