On the Tenth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me.....

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-12-24 08:05:59 -0600
Started 2011-12-22 10:26:53 -0600

… ten Lords a leaping.

Well, that is pretty self explanatory and after my eight maids a milking, I was afraid to look too deep into this one.

So what I did was find a cool game you can print out and share with the kids on Christmas day. It's a puzzle where you find all the elements of the carol I have been posting. It is really neat. http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/find-the-...

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Young1s 2011-12-22 11:13:51 -0600 Report

Ahhh. I was so looking forward to hearing the back story, too.

GabbyPA 2011-12-23 08:11:16 -0600 Report

Due to popular demand.....

The ten lords a-leaping most likely refers to leaping dancers (called morris dancers) who performed leaping dances between courses at feasts.

This type of wild and strenuous dancing probably evolved from more ancient war and fertility dances and would have been a popular form of entertainment for this type of function.

Unlike the nine ladies dancing in the previous stanza where the dancers appear to have been guests dancing for enjoyment, these were professional dancers brought in to entertain the guests while they dined.

Morris dancing itself was a popular form of folk dancing in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and possibly earlier. Both King Henry VIII and his daughter Queen Elizabeth I had professional Morris Dance Troupes perform as part of the entertainment at feasts.

Young1s 2011-12-23 08:33:34 -0600 Report

Not as risque as we thought it would be, huh? For some reason it brings to mind the Masked Ball scene in Van Helsing. With the twirlers, contortionists, acrobats, and such.

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