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  • #16
    On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Nine ladies dancing.

    I've never quite 'gotten' the symbolism of these various things in the verses.
    We did our annual Christmas bird count hike yesterday and cooked a traditional New Years Day meal on a campfire. But it was cold rain the whole time and not too many birds. We saw wild turkeys, hawks, a couple of species of woodpeckers, and various nuthatch/titmouse/wren species. We all were soaked but the black-eyed peas, collards, and corn bread were just fine.(This message has been edited by packsaddle)

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    • #17
      I've never quite 'gotten' the symbolism of these various things in the verses.

      I don't think there is any symbolism ... I think it's just a fun song (these things do exist after all).

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      • #18
        Yes, you're probably right. I just always wondered why my true love would give me nine ladies dancing. H'mmmm....perhaps this is a reference to ballet and NOT pole dancing.

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        • #19
          Not sure about symbols, but I know that the 5 golden rings refer to ring neck pheasants.

          Also the total number of gifts is 364, one for each day of the year 'cept Xmas.

          And from my economist buddies:
          http://www.psfk.com/2012/11/pnc-true-cost-of-christmas-cpi.html

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          • #20
            on the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 10 Lords a Leaping

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            • #21
              On the 11nth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 11 pipers piping

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              • #22
                OGE, I'm guessing you believe that the 5th is the 12th day of Christmas, not the Epiphany on the 6th. Am I correct?

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                • #23
                  How does it matter to you what I think?

                  Then again I didn't think I would run out of days before I got to Ephiphany. On Jan 6th my mother would put the three wise men in the Nativity Scene under the tree and then they stayed there until the weekend or so. Friends would come over and ask wny our Christmas stuff was still out and it would be the day after Epiphany and when I would say the Magi just got here, they would look blank

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                  • #24
                    OGE, I care. I really do.
                    I'm just trying to account for the difference I see in your postings. My family always uses the 6th as the 12th day and I just discovered that both the 5th and the 6th are used, depending on whose tradition it is. We don't take our decorations down until the afternoon of the 6th. A lot of people here in the South take them down the day after Christmas and don't even seem to be aware of the Epiphany at all.

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                    • #25
                      There are the 12 days of Christmas and then Epiphany, I think
                      I could be wrong, but the reason for doing these postings was to remind that the Christmas season does not end Dec 25th, thats the start

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                      • #26
                        I agree. Plus it gives me an excuse to celebrate a little longer.
                        Here in the so-called 'Bible Belt', I'm just a little surprised to see how ignorant so many people are of their own faith.
                        Around here an Epiphany is when some bone-head realizes that he probably shouldn't be doing whatever it was that caused him just moments ago to tell everyone, "Hey, watch this!".

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                        • #27
                          On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love sent to me 12 Drummers Drumming

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                          • #28
                            "Hey you... with the drummers... it's too early in the morning for that noise..."

                            Some people might stillo have a hangover. LOL

                            Felicidades

                            Rick

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                            • #29
                              Happy Epiphany ALL!!!

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                              • #30
                                And Merry Christmas to the folks who haven't bought into the Julian calendar.

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