Do you have a Christmas CD that you love? Please share! We have at least a dozen CDs, but just as you’re enjoying an ethereal “Mary Did You Know” or a transcendent “Cantique de Noel”, it segues right into “Jingle Bell Rock” or the dreaded “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”. Nails against the chalkboard!!!! I know, I should just make a mix of songs I like, but who has time to do that AND clean a chicken coop!
I do have one CD that goes the distance: “The Very Best of Celtic Christmas” from Windham Hill. (If you’re interested, it’s available from Amazon.com for just $6.99 http://www.amazon.com/Very-Best-Celtic-Christmas/dp/B0003035E0) Last night I listened to it while wrapping presents and not once did I have to run to the Bose player and skip a track.
Speaking of Christmas music, blog friend Katherine sent me an interesting explanation of the song “Twelve Days of Christmas”. It turns out that the fabled twelve days are not those before Christmas, but the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany. According to Katherine’s source, English Roman Catholics were not permitted to openly practice their faith from the years 1558 until 1829, and the song served as a subversive “code” catechism song for children.
You can find more details at http://www.crivoice.org/cy12days.html but the basics are:
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matt hew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed
How fortunate we all are to live in a time and place where we can freely listen to Christmas music, good and bad, or not, as we please. Have a blessed day!