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Fifth Day of Christmas: Five Golden Rings


How time slips past us when we aren’t looking! I just realized I had not reblogged last year’s blog posting on the fifth day of Christmas!

So here it is fresh from 1 year ago!

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On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me:
Five Golden Rings…

December 29th is here and so this is the “Fifth Day of Christmas.” This is a quiet day – as the days of Christmas go. Researching the traditions of the fifth day I find very little to say about the day. Today is the Feast day of Saint Thomas Becket, also called St. Thomas of Canterbury.

Now what exactly does Thomas Becket have to do with Christmas? Not much other than the unfortunate date of his demise (December 29, 1170) – and a desire for State and Church to play power games. King Henry II came to power during a turbulent period of English history. Civil war, border skirmishes, problems with the royal lands in France, squabbles about lines of succession, and the dabbling of Church and clergy in the Royal prerogative.

Henry II had difficulties with the Church in…

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