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The Twelve Days of Christmas - 8

January 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

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. 8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING8. EIGHT MAIDS A- MILKING

When I was a kid on the farm we always had a milk cow. Her name was always Bossy, and we had lots of cats to keep the mice down in the barn. there was a pan by the milk stool where my dad would send a few squirts at or on the kittens. Bossy didn't seem to mind the cats and kittens flitting around her feet. 


The twelve Days of Christmas - 7

December 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

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.

Swan babies are cygnets. Swans are of the family anatidae within the genus Cygnus. Cygnus is the Greek word for swan and the name of a northern constellation. Look for it sometime. It is easy to find in summer and autumn and resembles a big bird.  7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING7. SEVEN SWANS A- SWIMMING


The Twelve Days of Christmas -6

December 30, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, and a partridge in a pear tree.

My sweetie, since this is a fantasy, has been hinted at, to get the kind of geese that lay golden eggs.

I had a goose when I had a little hobby farm one time. Very little farm. I had chickens, ducks, guinea hens and peacocks. And turkeys. My turkey, Mike, went to school with me, where I taught art. More of that later maybe. I had a goose I got as a gosling. He was aptly named Goz. Goslings will imprint on whatever, or whoever, they are around the most. Goz was under my feet a lot. Some folks say geese are mean, but Goz

6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING6. SIX GEESE A-LAYING had my temperament. He was easy going and friendly.


The Twelve days of Christmas - 5

December 29, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Five golden Rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

There is some speculation that the five rings - since there are so many birds in this song - are five ring-necked pheasants. I would be somewhat disappointed, wouldn't you? 5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS5. FIVE GOLDEN RINGS


The Twelve Days o Christmas -4

December 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The Fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree

The song originallally wasn't about calling birds. There is no such thing. However there is a collie bird in England. Collie  refers to the mining industry and the color black. So I got four blackbirds for the fourth day. I didn't get four collie dogs -  there's another bit of trivia I need to explore. 4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS4. FOUR CALLING BIRDS