On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…
Ready to Learn Some New Facts?
- I bet you’re wondering why I didn’t paint jewelry – and it’s not just because I’ve been enjoying painting birds to much that I wanted to continue on. It seems that originally the song was referring to gold ringed pheasants.
- Another theory is that originally the lyrics said “goldspinks” – which is an old English word for goldfinches – and that things got confused through translation. Either way it seems that the first seven days were birds! (That always seemed bothered me as a kid – my inner five year old is very happy now!)
- The Ring-Necked Pheasant was rumored to be a sub-species of the Golden Fleece from the legend of Jason and the Argonauts back in 750 B.C. It was considered considered a high point of any feast.
- Frederic Austin changed the lyrics from “gold” to “golden” to better fit the melody of the tune. (Yes, this is the same guy that supposedly had changed “colly birds” to “calling birds” on Day Four.)
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Looking For Something New to Decorate For the Holidays?
I have listed each of the 12 Days of Christmas series (so far) on my new Etsy shop! So that means that you have the possibility of being able to add this beautiful painting (or the others) to your collection or gift it to a special someone for Christmas. As my gift to you, free shipping within the US for any of the paintings in this series (more details on the site). There are also other gift-able items in the shop to check out!
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