I have the wonderful honour of kicking off our special event “week” of Christmas carols – which is actually not a week but 12 Days. And so how appropriate that I get to kick it off with The Twelve Days of Christmas!
Of course we’re starting things off on December 19, but the first thing to remember about this song is that it is really about the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany. This is the time when the Wise Men made their journey with gifts to the new baby king – so a song dedicated to the bringing of gifts is pretty appropriate.
Epiphany ends January 6, so the Twelfth Night meant celebrations! In some cultures the last day is known as Three Kings Day or Day of the Kings – and for some this is the time that gifts are exchanged, rather than on December 25.
There are tons of opinions about the meaning of all the gifts, enough that my head was swimming. Instead of bringing you all the various interpretations, I thought instead I’d share a few of my favourite versions. Ready?
And one that my girls STILL love even though they are wayyyy past Sesame Street age. The video is a synchronized light show, but the clincher for me is ONE DELICIOUS COOKIE:
Of course if you’re a traditionalist at heart – you can’t go wrong with Perry Como.
Either way – to celebrate the season I’m giving away a copy of ANY of my 2011 releases as a way of winding up the year. Just leave a comment and we’ll choose a winner and you can have your pick of my 2011 titles (there are five! Proud Rancher, Precious Bundle; Honeymoon with the Rancher; A Family For The Rugged Rancher; How a Cowboy Stole Her Heart; and Off the Clock).