Twelve Lords A-Leaping

22 12 2010

Sing it with me now! Twelve Lords A-Leaping, Eleven Ladies Dancing, Ten Pipers Piping, Nine Drummers Drumming, 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!

Whew! (And I almost got through typing all of those without looking. Almost.)

We come to the close of our exploration of the Twelve Days of Christmas. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had fun learning a bit about what each of the days meant, and getting to pick out treats for my family (and yours) along the way. Our last day today, the twelve lords represent the Twelve Points of Belief from the Apostle’s Creed, which outlines the major tenants of belief from the Christian faith. The most poignant portion for this time of year comes when we say, “He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.”

I don’t know too many lords these days in modern day, so we’ll focus on the “leaping” part. Leaping just sounds fun, and this is supposed to be an exuberant time of year!

First off, I just love this painting by Texas-based Etsy seller, RozArt. Doesn’t it just exude happiness? It makes me smile just looking at it. If you’ve got 10 little lords who love to leap in your house (or even 6, 5, 4, 2…?), what about splurging on a trampoline. Not only is it classic family fun, it will get your family outdoors, and working off some of those holiday treats we’ve all been overindulging in. (I’m fascinated by families who install their trampolines in ground for extra safety. And it just looks so cool!) Along the same lines might be a pogo stick, or one of those hoppity balls. I loved playing with things like this as a child. Don’t want one more thing in your garage? Tape pictures of old lords onto ten bouncy balls and let the fun begin!

Ok, ok… I did think of some gifts involving “lords.” If you live in one of the Southern cities featuring a Medieval Times, why not take the whole family on a new Christmas tradition by dining among lords while be entertained by games, jousting, and sword-fighting. The company is based in Texas, and has locations in Dallas, Baltimore, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, and Kissimmee, among other cities. Or perhaps treat the lord of your house to some luxurious velvet slippers. These are all the rage now, and add a little elegance to lounging, while keeping those toes cozy and warm. A couple of my favorite brands are Del Toro (shown above) and Shipton & Heneage.

Spend a day with some of the great literature featuring “lords.” Buy a selection of stories and fairy tales for all ages of the family. Some of my favorites include Lord of the Rings, of course, Mark Twain’s A Medieval Romance, and the Lord Peter stories by Dorothy Sayers. And don’t forget Shrek (Lord Farquaad may be a villain, but he sure is funny)!

And since we’re at the end, a few more beautiful products that feature one of each of the days… Gather the family and sing it with me from the beginning now!

A glowing and elegant way to remember all the words to the song — 12 votive luminaries by KLRDesigns on Etsy. Here’s a beautiful charm bracelet, featuring the symbols of each day in order. And this would be a great card to display among the garland and the stockings on your mantel.

For our last tribute to various versions of The 12 Days of Christmas, I love The Office, so if you haven’t seen this Christmas episode, where Andy gives Erin each of these gifts, well, perhaps you need to buy yourself every season of The Office for Christmas. Or just watch a little bit of it here.

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