Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Wednesday's Wisdom: Christmas's 11th Day (Info Re the Gift of Ladies Dancing)
Today's the eleventh day of Christmas! And, if you are familiar with the song known as The Twelve Days Of Christmas, dear reader, then you probably will recall that on the eleventh day of Christmas, someone's true love gave to them the following gifts: eleven ladies dancing, ten pipers piping, nine drummer's drumming, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans a swimming, six geese a laying, five golden rings, four birds a calling (or a colling or a coaling), as well as the gifts of three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
As I mentioned in a recent posting here on Blogger, John R. Henderson, has studied the meaning behind the lyrics to the twelve days song, and has posted his findings on a web-page which he has titled the 12 Birds of Christmas. Here's what Henderson points out the giving of eleven ladies dancing on this eleventh day of Christmas:
"The dancing, of course, is a code word for passion and courtship. The dancing ladies are Lapwings that wildly wheel, roll, and tumble in the air during courtship displays. Eleven is a lucky number, but, of course, luck is a dual force that might bring good or ill. On this day of dancing, passion, and courtship, let's hope this day brings us good luck (knock on wood)."
As of this blog posting, I don't recall ever seeing a bird type known as a Lapwing! Be that as it may, Mr. Henderson's ideas have truly given me something to keep in mind if I ever happen to see this bird type. Therefore, for purposes of this posting, the gift of eleventh ladies dancing on this eleventh day of Christmas, will have to be represented by the bird-lady dancing ornament seen in the photo atop this blog posting.
I got it at More & More Antiques, an (an exquisite shop located on Manhattan's UWS), that is now selling my fauna-flora-insect-themed postcards. Steve Mohr, the sole proprietor of this shop is enthusiastic about my collection and at his suggestion, I may offer my cards in boxed-sets in the coming year! I've already created promo cards that feature thumb-nails of each of my postcards! They can be seen in the following pictures.
Steve is currently carrying each type of my postcards, and each type of them have also been given to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (at their request) on a consignment basis. Additionally, the gift shop at The Raptor Trust (a bird rehab facility in New Jersey), is currently carrying my fauna-themed postcards. Btw, all of these postcards can also be viewed within a prior post here on Blogger; as well as within a store-front page on my web-site, patriciayoungquist.com.
Every image within my postcard collection is from the iBook and ePub version of Cam's book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One.
All of these postcards, as well as the book, Words In Our Beak, Volume One, make great gifts to offer to friends and family on this eleventh day of Christmas; and throughout the new year and beyond!