The Twelve Days of Christmas

Christmas Wreath

There are many Christmas carols that we can hear in December.
I did not have much chance to hear “The Twelve Days of Christmas” when I was in Japan. Here in England, I often hear this charming carol but I never think the meaning of this cumulative song until this Christmas.
There is the handcraft shop in Barnes that I mentioned in my blog last year (Diamond Jubilee, June 2012). The shop often has very nice window displays.
First, I could not understand why they display a pear tree, some birds, rings and lady dancers. Last Friday (it was Barnes Late Night Shopping day) while I was watching this window, a young mother sung to her daughter this carol that unraveled the mystery.
Coincidentally, I received the nice Christmas card from my friends.


Window display of the Handcraft shop in Barnes

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of ...

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
eleven pipers piping,
ten lords a-leaping,
nine ladies dancing,
eight maids a-milking,
seven swans a-swimming,
six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings.
Four calling birds,
three French hens,
two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Window display of the Handcraft shop (the left side)

Window display of the Handcraft shop (the right side)

The Christmas card from my friend