10 Lords A-Leaped into the arms of our true love on the 10th Day of Blogmas…
By the tenth day of Christmas, the lucky recipient of true love’s Christmas gifts must’ve had quite a pile of presents: “On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me: ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, six geese a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, three French Hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree”.
We’ve been taking a look at the religious symbolism of the 12 gifts of The 12 Days Of Christmas carol and what they might mean nowadays in The 12 Days of Blogmas. Counting down to Christmas with The 12 Days of Blogmas has taught me a thing or two about the symbolism that’s all around during the festive period, and with only two days to go until Christmas Day itself, the series has really got me in the Christmas spirit.
Now as I stated before, 10 leaping Lords arrived as a gift on the 10th day of Christmas, and they too bring with them religious symbology. These 10 Lords a-leaping were sent as a representation of the 10 commandments which Christianity tells us were a gift themselves to Moses.
Though there are no modern commandments which govern our festivities, there are countless traditions upheld around the world. While we’re familiar with our own traditions, there are plenty more to discover from across the globe. I’ve listed some of my favourites below:
- In Jamaica, lots of people paint their houses and hang new curtains at Christmas time.
- In Finland, home to Lapland and Santa Claus, everyone cleans their houses in preparation for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day which are considered to be holy days.
- In the days of the Soviet Union, Christmas was not celebrated very much in Russia. New Year was the important time – when ‘Father Frost’ brought presents to children. With the fall of Communism, Christmas can be openly celebrated – either on December 25th; or more often on January 7th. This unusual date is because the Russian Orthodox church uses the old ‘Julian’ calendar for religious celebration days. Special Christmas food includes cakes, pies and ‘meat dumplings’.
- Unmarried Czech women practice a traditional fortune telling method to predict their relationship status for the upcoming year. If you’d like to give this a try, here’s how to do it: Stand with your back to your door and toss one of your shoes over your shoulder. If it lands with the toe facing the door it means that you will get married within the year. If it lands with the heel facing the door, you’re in for another year of unmarried status.
- Christmas in Ghana is traditionally celebrated from 20th December right up until the first week of January.
- As the festive period is still hot in Argentina, many people traditionally put cotton wool on their Christmas tree to represent snow!
- Norwegian legend says that on Christmas Eve witches and evil spirits come out looking for brooms to ride on (a bad omen). To thwart the witches, all brooms in the house are hidden and men go outside and fire a shotgun to scare the bad spirits away.
- Christians in China celebrate by lighting their houses with beautiful paper lanterns and decorating their Christmas trees, which they call “Trees of Light,” with paper chains, paper flowers, and paper lanterns. Chinese Children hang muslin stockings and await a visit from Santa Claus, “Christmas Old Man”.
- In Belgium and The Netherlands, children have two Christmas visitors who bring gifts, the lucky things. Aside from Christmas Day, people in Belgium celebrate St Nicholas Day on 6th December, when St Nicholas brings gifts for the children.
- The nativity crib scene is traditionally erected in Italian households over Christmas to display the Christian story of Christmas
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