On the Tenth Day of Christmas

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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.

On the tenth day of Christms - 10 lords a-leaping

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.

Heather Chavez, Real Estate Virtual Assistant - Second Self Virtual Assistance: When There Isn't Enough of You to Go Around!

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


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Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

Great series Heather !! And I always thought it was those Merry Old Lords Leaping around the Parlor that coined that line in the song !

Cheers and bring on the Pipers !!!

Sheldon :o)

Dec 22, 2009 05:00 AM #1
Carra & Shae Riley
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Heather---I'm really enjoying your series.. Can't wait for the next 2 installments.  Have a Happy Holiday!

Dec 22, 2009 06:47 AM #2
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

It's fun to find out about the background of songs, nursery rhymes, etc., Sheldon.  I've always loved knowing what's behind the curtain.  It's never made anything less interesting to me.  Usually, it only enhances the experience. :)

Dec 22, 2009 06:54 AM #3
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

Thanks for reading, Carra.  I've got you in my ear right now.  I'm listening to the Cosmic Cow Pie CD.  It's great!

Dec 22, 2009 06:54 AM #4
Trisha P Realty Group
Realty Executives - Leavenworth, KS
"Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home"

Ok so we have birds, birds, and more birds, dancers and more dancers.  Cant wait for tomorrow.  Im going to guess more dancing.....or maybe birds!!

Dec 22, 2009 08:18 AM #5
Matt Listro
National Credit Fixers - Matt Listro - Vernon, CT
Your Credit Repair Expert

Hi Heather: 10 Lords of leaping - who comes up with this stuff anyway!!!


Dec 22, 2009 09:44 AM #6
Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Heather, I didn't know this about the symbolism with the ten commandments.
Dec 22, 2009 09:47 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana of Real Estate!

Very cool Heather - I look forward to this every day. Nice break from holiday stuff!

Dec 22, 2009 10:15 AM #8
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Heather--Now you make me wish I was still teaching grade school.  I could have so much fun with the kids during the 12 Days of Christmas.  (Have the kids draw the pictures to accompany each day.)

Dec 24, 2009 12:47 AM #9
Arlene Baxter
Red Oak Realty - Berkeley, CA
Listing/Buying agent, Historic to Green, 2012 REALTOR of the Year, Berkeley Association Berkeley CA & environs

Heather, Those "British costumed dancers" would almost certainly be Morris Dancers. It's a form of ritual dancing, usually for groups of men only, who dance at Solstice and the Equinox, and other important ritual days. There are several styles of Morris dancing that are geographically based invarious areas of England. For example, in the Cotswold style, which may be the best known, the costumes include colorful vests, hats (often decorated with flowers, or pins), but most importantly a ribbon garter and a collection of bells worn over the calf. The movements, especially the leaping, are accompanied by hand movements and the raising of handkerchiefs. Other styles have other costumes and implements, including sticks that are beat together, and some styles involve swords. Often there is a colorful fool in the group. Seeing who can leap the highest is part of the fun, and seems like a perfect fit with the song, as Morris dancing has been recorded back to the 15th century.

For anyone who's interested in more on Morris, wikipedia has a good article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_dance

Happy Christmas, and thank you Heather for putting this super series of posts together!

Dec 24, 2009 04:18 AM #10
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