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Ninth Day of Christmas: Nine Ladies Dancing


January 2nd is the Ninth Day of Christmas. Here is the write up from last year!
And just an aside: today is the earth’s nearest approach to the sun – and it is still darn cold here!

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On the ninth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me:
nine ladies dancing…

January 2nd  is here and so this is the “Ninth Day of Christmas.” One would think after all  these festivities and frolics of the previous days, it would be difficult to find nine ladies dancing. On the other hand after all the food and drink of the the last few weeks – perhaps dancing is just what the personal trainer ordered!

The celebrations and significance of the first eight days of Christmas seems fairly clear. Probably because it is the eight days from Christmas to New Year’s day. January 2nd seems muddled in the meaning of the day. Perhaps that is because after all this celebrating a break is needed!

I find in several references that today is referred to as the Octave of St. Stephen. I had never heard of an Octave before in…

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