On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave 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 colly birds, three french hens, two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.
Are we already up to the tenth day of Christmas? That means only two more after today. Wow! Dances that involved leaping were strictly for men. They were used to get them geared up to go into war and to help their crops grow. It was believed in ancient Roman times that corn would grow as high as the men leaped. In Britain, the lords a-leaping in the song are thought to be a reference to costumed dancers that would perform at Christmas feasts.
In Christianity, the 10 lords symbolize the 10 commandments.
Make sure to stop by tomorrow to see where the 11 Pipers piping came from and what they originally played. Hint: it wasn't a flute like you would think.
Read more about the other days of Christmas here:
On the first day of Christmas - a partridge in a pear tree
On the second day of Christmas - two turtle doves
On the third day of Christmas - three French hens
On the fourth day of Christmas - four colly birds
On the fifth day of Christmas - five golden rings
On the sixth day of Christmas - six geese a laying
On the seventh day of Christmas - seven swans a-swimming
On the eighth day of Christmas - eight maids a-milking
On the ninth day of Christmas - nine ladies dancing