Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Blog

My sweet friend Laura from Casa del Hansen is hosting a 12 Days of Christmas bloghop, which I happily joined. Each day, I will do a short post. Today is Day 1 - a partridge in a pear tree.

The 12 Days of Christmas actually start the day after Christmas up to the day before Epiphany, but here in the states we think of it as the 12 days prior to Christmas.

I am using the 12 Days of Christmas for memories and to mention those dear to me.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.

A partridge only reminds me of a snipe hunt, since partridges are not common in the States, I will look at pear tree. Pear trees remind me of one thing - my Italian grandmother. She had several fruit trees in her yard and my favorite was her pear tree. I couldn't wait for the taste of those succulant ripe pears.

If you are wondering what a partridge is, here is a pic:

My grandmother was the strongest person I knew growing up. She had quite the temper. Grandma had a unique gift. She had some psychic abilities and a knack for dream interpretation. I love and miss her very much.

What does a partridge in a pear tree mean to you? Have you ever been on a snipe hunt? I have.

If you want to be part of this hop, click on this link: http://www.casadelhansen.com/p/12-days-of-christmas-challenge.html

Happy 1st day of Christmas.

LHR & PAWS for Success


The Desert Rocks said...

Thanks and happy first day to you too.

Donna Yates said...

The Desert Rocks, thank you.

Sharon's Sunlit Memories said...

What an interesting idea Donna - quite a challenge indeed to think of something to say about each day.

I remember being told long ago that the 1st day of Christmas was Christmas Eve. I think some of the confusion is due to the fact that the medieval 'day' started at sunset so nowadays people are not always sure where to count back from and whether Twelfth Night is the 5th or the 6th of Jan! - Sharon

Donna Yates said...

Sharon, thank you for your comment! This clears up a lot.

Barbara said...

Happy 1st day of Christmas Donna, what a lovely idea. A partridge in a pear tree doesn’t really mean anything to me but I do love the song and look forward to your next post.

Elizabeth Maginnis said...

Now that you mention pear trees, I remember that my grandmother also had one. Boy, there's a buried memory. Never knew that we in the States start the Twelve Days before Christmas, rather than after. I've always followed the European custom, then! Happy 1st day to you!

Donna Yates said...

Barbara, thank you for your comment. You are always so sweet and kind.

Elizabeth, I am glad it brought up a buried memory. Yes, seems so many of us ddo this differently. Thank you for commenting.

Joleene Naylor said...

Partridges always make me think of small turkeys for some reason... or like Cornish hens... No idea why!

Your grandma sounds like quite a lady :)

We had a pear tree when I was a kid for one summer. Then that fall my Cousins came and broke all the branches off of it and killed it.

Donna Yates said...

Oh too funny, but I guess they do kind of look like small turkeys. Pear trees are nice to have. I'm sorry your cousins killed it. Thank you for your comment.