Today is the third day of Christmas. Yesterday I shared:
- The meaning of Yuletide and Yule log, and how these traditions are rooted in Renaissance Europe
- How and why the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” came about
If you want to read that blog, you can go here.
You may be wondering where I came up with these trivial nuggets of information. A few months ago I didn’t know most of these things either, but teaching Renaissance history to middle-schoolers and creating your own lesson plans has it’s benefits. On our last class meeting I did a lesson on Christmas. All the items I’m sharing in this series were found in my research. I may throw in a random factoid here and there just for fun. I know of a couple I may not be able to resist sharing.
Like this factoid: “Jingle Bells” wasn’t originally written to be a Christmas song. There is a dispute over whether it was a Thanksgiving song, or a song to commemorate the sleigh races in Medford, Massachusetts. (http://www.americanmusicpreservation.com/jinglebellssong.htm)
On to “The Twelve Days of Christmas” song. We’re up to day three. First, did you figure out who the “true love” is referring to in the song? That would be none other than GOD–not a living person. Who else would be, or should be, our “true love?” He gives us everything, so it makes perfect sense.
Three French Hens–None other than the wonderful Christian virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity (Love). We know the greatest of these is Love.
Until tomorrow and a very interesting fact about “The Four Calling Birds.”