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Tenth Day of Christmas: Ten Lords-a-Leaping


On the tenth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me:
Ten lords-a-leaping…

January 3rd  is here and so this is the “Tenth Day of Christmas.” To tell the truth all this Christmas-ing and celebrating is making me  wee bit tenth myself! All these birds and people bouncing about would make for once hectic household.  In the tradition of the twelve days of Christmas this day – like yesterday – seems rather ambiguous. Perhaps a day for quiet reflection. In the official Christian feast days today is the Feast of St. Genevieve. Genevieve is the patron Saint and protector  of Paris.

Apparently St. Genevieve lived in Paris in the during the 400’s when there was much turmoil across Europe. Much like today where hordes of bankers and money-lenders pillage the land. Back then it was Attila the Hun, and other wandering barbarians like the Visigoths. Huh – now that I think about it not much has really changed.

St. Genevieve apparently acted as what we would call today a “human rights worker” by making sure that food and aid went to those in desperate need of help. The directly Saintly part comes later after her death when she is credited (through prayer) with helping avert a medical disaster that was sweeping through Paris.

In the USA today is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. I had no idea we actually celebrated such rare and treasured parts of our North American culture. So raise a chocolate covered cherry and enjoy. These are deadly little confections of delight – so I would suggest controlling your access to these treats.

Given how the days seem to trail off into ambiguity and mostly “meh” I can see why we rarely celebrate all twelve days any more. It does get better so please do bear with me as we get through the final days of Christmas!

Here is hoping you enjoy the Tenth day of Christmas – with a cherry on top!

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4 responses

  1. […] On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: Ten lords-a-leaping… January 3rd is the “Tenth Day of Christmas.” Source: Tenth Day of Christmas […]

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  3. […] related to this Tenth Day of Christmas about a St. Genevieve. Here’s a quote from the blog Merlinspielen on this prominent person in Catholic tradition, to fill you […]

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  4. Reblogged this on merlinspielen and commented:

    Tenth Day of Christmas! Get them Lords leaping! Come on you can do it!
    Also today (in the US of A) is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day! Mmmm – decadent chocolate enrobed cherries 🙂

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