Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Twelfth Night


Today is a rather celebratory day in the McDonald household. To most people this is just January 6, 2009, another day in their life. You might raise an eyebrow when I tell you that today I am going to dress up in costume, make a twelfth-cake, drink Lamb's Wool and watch Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night". But I am. Because, my friends, today is the last day of Christmas! Twelfth Night. The day my True Love gives me Twelve Drummers drumming.

Just joking about the drummers. :-D Oh, *cough* and the true love. :-D

Here are the words to the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". My Mother posted an entire post about the meaning behind this song, that I found to be particularly fascinating! You can read it HERE.


The Twelve Days of Christmas
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent 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.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent 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.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
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.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
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.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
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.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
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!

So you might try picking up Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" this evening and give it a read-through. Or maybe you could sing "The Twelve Days of Christmas" aloud to yourself! Or, you might even dress up in costume and celebrate! But whatever you do (even if it is just the usual.), I pray that you have a HAPPY Twelfth Night! And as it is still officially Christmas, I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas!
:-) Have a blessed week!

In Christ Alone,

Jessica


I Am Feeling: excited Excited

I Am Feeling: giddy Giddy

I Am Feeling: jubilant Jubilant

19 comments:

Meg said...

Yes, yes; making it last as long as we can. Ahhhhhh!!!!
I found your blog not too long ago, and really enjoy your Jane Austenisms and so on ;) It's quite delightful.
~Meg

p.s. go mr. tilney !!!!!
ahem ahem

Ella said...

Oh, boy....Shakespeare.....I really should work on liking the guy!

I always get messed up on the latter verses.

And I don't think you are odd. Before we got the puppy, I know Mom wanted to celebrate the twelve days of Christmas....but now, life is hectic with dogs!

Elissa said...

We've never celebrated Twelfthe night, but I would love too! I REALLY want to watch the movie, but I forgot to get it in time :( and I just read to books, so I don't really want to again :) Maybe next year!!!
Love you!!!!
~Lis

Elissa said...

Ahem, I have no idea where the "e" on the end of Twelfth came from... hehe.

Amanda Read said...

What a fun tradition! I love "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song.

~Amanda~

Amanda Read said...

Where do you get the "I Am Feeling" icons?

~Amanda~

Lisa Winton said...

Thanks for sharing, Jessica. I didn't know about the 'Twelfth Night' celebrations. What a fun family tradition!

Chloe said...

Hi Jessica,
Our family learned a group dance that goes with the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"! It is really fun. :-) It has a different dance step for each "day of Christmas" mentioned in the song. :-) (If you are interested in the instructions, let me know and I could either put them on a comment or e-mail them to you.)

Blessings,
~Chloe~

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

Meg, I'm so glad that you commented! It's always nice to meet someone new. :-) And I second that! Go Mr. Tileny! *sheepish grin* And yes, he beats Mr. Darcy. :-D hehe. Glad to see another fan!!!

Ella, you really should! Maybe watching some of his movies would help first? The first Shakespeare I ever saw was "Henry V" (I'd never read any of his works at that point.), I was VERY young and thought it utterly boring. Until I watched it a bit later and realized, "This guy is incredible! Listen to that dialogue!" From there I read his works and watched more. Now I absolutely love them!

Lis, Oo! You must come watch "Twelfth Night" with us next time you come up to Illinois! ;-) That would be SO much fun! Don't worry about the "e"...it makes "Twelfth" look VERY Old English!! :-) Love you too!!!

Amanda, I got the icons from this site: http://www.livejournal.com/moodlist.bml?moodtheme=524227&ownerid=2707070 I love them!!!

Mrs. Winton, It was very fun and we hope to keep it up for a very long time!! Thank you so much for commenting! I had the pleasure of listening to your family sing and play and it was amazing!!!

Chloe, How neat is that! I would love the instructions! Thank you! You could email them to insertfootinopenmouth@gmail.com Thank you again! :-)

In Christ Alone,

Jessica

Bethany said...

This is completely unrelated to your post, sorry. :) I was just curious where you got your emotions that you put at the bottom of your posts? They're just great, and I'd love to use them too.

~Emily said...

Jessica,

I just found your blog and I wanted to tell you that I LOVE it! :) Great job on everything! Also, I like your picture on your sidebar that says (Waiting for my Prince) and I wanted to know if I could use it on my blog. I hope that you might check my blog out. :)

Thanks,

Emily

P.S. I am adding your blog to my blog list. :)

Ana Smith said...

Hey girl! I was just wondering if you had any particular reason for why your blog has no feed. :-)

Jo-snazz said...

Thanks again for all that help a week or two ago. :)

I have given you an award!
~Joanna

Ana Smith said...

You've received an award from yours truly!

http://inpursuit-ana.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-first-blog-award.html

~Ithilwen~ said...

Jessica, I have awarded you and your mother at my blog...http://ithilwenssong.blogspot.com/
you can check my blog for rules,
In Christ,
Michelle/Ithilwen/Pepper Darcy

Ella said...

Must popping by to say hello, Jessica! I hope you are having a wonderful January

The Editrix said...

Jess, you must get so sick of being tagged/awarded. :P

I've just given you another award!

http://ribbonsoflight.blogspot.com/2009/01/kreativ-blogger-award.html

Chloe said...

I've tagged you!! ;)

If you are interested go here....

http://chloe14corner.blogspot.com/2009/01/ive-been-tagged-again.html

Blessings to you!
~Chloe~ :-)

Jessica NicDhòmhnaill said...

I have to ask y'all's forgiveness for neglecting my blog so shamefully! I've been a bit swept away with life lately and haven't had much time for my poor blog!

Emily, Thank you! You are absolutley welcome to use the "Waiting for my prince" graphic! I will try and look at your blog when I get a chance! :-) God bless!

Ana, I haven't the foggiest! lol! I'm not really sure how to enable to disable it! :D And thank you so much for the award!!

Jo, You're so welcome! And thank you so much for the award!!!

Michelle, Thank you!! :-D I feel so honored to be recieving so many awards! I'm quite at a loss! Thank you!!!

Ella, Thank you for the comment! I am so sorry that I've been such a terrible fellow blogger!! Have a marvelous February! :-)

Elise, Thank you very much for the award! No, no, I'm not sick of it...just very surprised! After the way I've been neglecting my blog... Thank you! :-)

Chloe, Hehe! Thank you so very much! :-D

May the Lord bless each of you and may you have a lovely week! Thank you so much for commenting!!

~Jessica