Most people are familiar with the Christmas carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas", right? We have all tried, be it successfully or unsuccessfully, to sing along when we hear it played on the radio. It's kind of a mind bender to see if you can remember what comes next.... is it 9 ladies dancing and 10 lords a leaping or the other way around??? My children find it to be great fun to sing this carol. We even have a few versions of it on my iPod so we can joyfully listen to it over, and over,and over! Well, this song has had me thinking overtime about this subject lately. Here's a few of the things that have meandered through my head....
1. I always thought I was being a little "original" when, after you sing "5 golden rings!", I would add a little "da,da,dum, dum" after it. Guess what.... it wasn't original at all! I think I was simply copying Miss Piggy from the Muppets in their performance of this carol way back in 1979 when I was a very impressionable toddler. Here is a link so you can check it out yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHR3J_RP1Do&feature=related
2. I do have a favorite version of this carol, mostly because it's a little goofy and different than everyone else's take on it.
3. I do, with my whole heart, believe that this was probably a song written by Christians to be a type of catechismal song to teach children the Catholic faith. I mostly believe this because Wikipedia doesn't. And also because Christians are truly the only ones interested in Christmas and therefore wrote all the best Christmas hymns and carols. Argue with me if you want, but I'm not going to change my mind.
4. My guess is that most people believe the 12 days of Christmas are the countdown to when Christmas begins and have no actual idea what it is supposed to represent.
5. I would love to get 5 golden rings for Christmas. I like white gold by the way, just so you know.
6. I think Christians should assert themselves and NOT get into Christmas frenzy. Maybe the Lutherans could start a type of Christmas reformation and only do Advent activities in the days leading up to Christmas Eve. No shopping, no decorating, no putting up of the Christmas tree, and then....
7. On Christmas Eve put our trees up and decorate them.
8. Actually celebrate the festival day of Christmas as the first day of Christmas!
9. Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas by then doing our shopping (think of all the great sale prices you'd be getting!) and singing our Christmas carols and hymns to others. Baking our cookies and doing our Christmas crafts.
10. You could have an option of letting your children open 1 gift a day until Epiphany or just wait until Epiphany to open your gifts. We have a lot of kids, so this might get expensive for us if we opened a gift a day... for 12 days!
11. Revel in the fact that the world believes Christmas is over and is now looking forward to boozing it up on New Year's Eve or getting ready to join Weight Watchers. We can finally have a Christmas time that is free from commercialization and marketing schemes.
12. Celebrate Epiphany and take our trees down.
Maybe this is just wishful thinking on my part as I've been feeling frazzled by all the pre-Christmas craziness. But, my husband and I have talked about doing this. Maybe next year we will implement it. Until then, presents need to be wrapped, more cookies need to be baked and Christmas programs and parties are in full force this week.