… twelve drummers drumming.
The song and the twelve day celebration have now come to an end. But it is not the end of the season. For the day after Twelfth Night is the Feast of the Epiphany, another religious holiday associated with Christmas. While mainly just a religious observance in the U.S., Epiphany is also a day of both religious and secular celebrating in other countries.
While the solstice has passed and the days are slowly beginning to lengthen again, winter still holds the land in its grip. The work of the peasant and noble is light as it is still too early to begin planting while the the cold and continuing short days remain an incentive to stay inside and party. So the party season will continue, with Epiphany and continuing through the season of Mardi Gras up until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of the Lenten season.
The lyrics of The Twelve Days of Christmas may have no meaning at all. Its meaning, if it has any, has yet to be satisfactorily explained.
According to The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes, "Suggestions have been made that the gifts have significance, as representing the food or sport for each month of the year. Importance [certainly has] long been attached to the Twelve Days, when, for instance, the weather on each day was carefully observed to see what it would be in the corresponding month of the coming year. Nevertheless, whatever the ultimate origin of the chant, it seems probable [that] the lines that survive today both in England and France are merely an irreligious travesty
Wow, well there you have it. A travesty? I think not. The song evokes great memories for so many of us as children and the magic of making it though the carol from start to finish.
While not exactly diabetic geared, I hope you all have enjoyed this little side track of fun.
I wish you all a very Merry Yule!
May it be filled with family, feasting, and dance. Celebrate the day, week or month with your traditions that bring the family closer.
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