You may have heard a song played around this time of year called “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” You know, the one about partridges and pear trees, french hens, ladies dancing, swans-a-swimming (wtf?) and FIVE GOLD RINGS!!! ? Even though the song is over 300 years old, it fits right into the shopping frenzy that seems to happen around this time of year. (By the way, to actually purchase all those things for your True Love will cost you $78,100 in 2007 dollars according to CNN/Money.)
The actual 12 days of Christmas, called Christmastide, begin on December 25 and end on January 6th. These days represent the time between Jesus being born and when the Magi arrived bearing their gifts. The last day is called Epiphany (also called Twelfth Night) and depending on which Christian sect you belong to, you may celebrate Christmas anywhere along in those 12 days.
We can all get a little lost about “The True Meaning Of Giving” at this time of year what with all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, working, traveling and stressing, so we at MetroBlogging LA are going to spend these next 12 days suggesting ways you can give in even more meaningful ways. Perhaps by the end you will have your own Epiphany about your New Year’s Resolutions and will add to them with a promise to give back in the 08.
Merry Christmas (for those who celebrate) and Happy Holidays to all.
photo from Worth1000.com12 days of Christmas theme.