On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree…
Though this song is often considered the most annoying song in all the land by many Christmas music aficionados, it remains, to this day, one of my absolute favorites. When it’s done correctly.
Every year, from middle school on, my schoolmates and I would wait excitedly for the upper school choir boys to present their version of the 12 Days of Christmas at the annual end of term assembly. They would sing prettily on the first four verses, hit the first five golden rings, and then… all hell would break loose. They would act out the gifts, the partridge would be thrown from the tree, and everything under the sun would happen during “five golden rings.” It was priceless. It was perfect. How I miss it.
The song itself dates from the eighteenth century in England, though likely it is much older and French. It outlines the days of Christmastide – from Christmas Day until Epiphany (January 6th). Because remember, Christmas does not actually begin until Christmas Day (one of my liturgical pet peeves).
But back to the fun. We all need a little pick me up this year and as I was driving in my car yesterday, I heard a version of this song that acceptably mimics the versions I loved so long ago. I found myself laughing out loud. And I thought you all deserve a little cheer, too. So, please click below and enjoy yourselves. Oh, and Merry (almost) Christmas 😉