Monday, December 5, 2016

The Twelve Days of Christmas"

Last week I had the opportunity to enjoy "The Twelve Days of Christmas" at the Arboretum in Dallas, Texas.

The evening was just perfect.  There was a chill in the air and a light mist of rain(which didn't last long).  My sister and I wrapped up in our light-weight coats and gloves and cap strolled through the gardens.  Due to the weather, there were only about 300 people.  The volunteers said that normally, especially on the weekends, there are about 1,200 people each evening that attend this event.

The Twelve Days of Christmas are set-up throughout the 66 acres.  In each location, there is a gazebo set up with it's specific theme.  Little white lights are displayed throughout the acres.

I found out that the arboretum begins to set up for this event in September.  The local firemen come in and set up each of the 12 gazebos.  After the gazebos and the trees are set-up, the designers from the Performing Arts Center begin to set-up the actual displays.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is opened to the public from November 6 - January 8, 2017.

By the time, my sister and I walked to each of the gazebos and listened to the various singers throughout, we were singing the words for the "The Twelve Days of Christmas".

"On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree....
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me two turtle doves.....
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me three French hens....
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me four calling birds....
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me five golden rings.....
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me six geese a laying....
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave me seven swans a swimming....
On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave me eight maids a milking....
On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave me nine ladies dancing......
On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave me ten lords a leaping.....
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave me eleven pipers piping....
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave me twelve drummers drumming....

I could visualize each day.  It was a great way to learn this song!

Some pictures from the Arboretum:

"Partridge in a Pear Tree"

"Twelve drummers drumming"

Lights and the gazebo for "four calling birds".



2 comments:

  1. I don't get the twelve days of Christmas the song and the days, I know the song who doesn't but really like so many songs it doesn't make a lot of sense.

    My Christmas tree is still in its box on top of a cupboard can't get Tim to get it down.

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  2. It will all come together like the 12 days of Christmas! One day at a time!

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