The Twelve Days of Christmas
A Quick Compendium "Biography" for the Season
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, A partridge in a pear tree.”
-The 12 Days of Christmas, a carol first published in England in the late 18th century.
I have always loved the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” not for the meaning (why is the partridge in a pear tree and how do you give them as a gift to someone?) but for its playfulness, signing it with others, and trying to remember each gift without missing a beat. This year while preparing the “Christmas” compendium post I ran across the word “Christmastide.” In researching its meaning I learned about a celebration that is the source of the fun of that wonderful song.