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One website totals the value of the 12 days of Christmas at nearly $100,000.  Makes you wonder what this guy did for a living, and why he needed to try so hard to impress his true love.  (And if he bothered to wrap any of the gifts.)

See: http://www.dailypress.com/features/christmas/sns-12days-christmas-cost-pictures,0,6559920.photogallery

It is speculated that the song was actually a Catholic symbolism song meant to teach children:

1The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

For more, see: http://www.byrum.org/misc/christmas/origin.html (This list is from that site)

Who knows?

The question is, if someone was going to do the 12 Days of Christmas to you, what would you want?  Leave a comment on this post answering this question, and you could win one of two signed copies of "The Canticle Kingdom."  You don't have to do the whole song if you don't want, but at least on of the days.

Myself?  I'd probably put more edible stuff in there like "and a pizza with pepperoni..." 12 publishing contracts would be nice too.

I will draw a winner on the 12th of December and one on the 24th (which is 12 days from the 12th).  Entries are as follows:

1 entry for a blog post answering the question.
2 entries for posting on Facebook about this contest.
2 entries of posting on Twitter about this contest.
2 entries for blogging about it.

(Please let me know which of these you have done in your post.)

"The Canticle Kingdom" is also available on amazon.com for a great price.  Check it out here: http://amzn.com/1599553627


And have a very Merry Christmas!

6 Responses so far.

  1. Dan says:

    I've heard this theory about the song before, but it's so complicated that I doubt it's true. Maybe I just don't see the connection between 10 Lords a Leaping and the 10 commandments.

    Maybe if the lyrics were 10 plagues a-plaguing.

    Anywhere, here's my contest entry!

    1. Gorgeous wife
    2. Bank Accounts
    3. Percent interest
    4. Movie tickets
    5. hundred grand
    6. Pack Abs
    7. Chicken Fingers
    8. Dunkin' Donuts
    9. Belly Dancers
    10. Leather Jackets
    11. Hugs and Kisses
    12. Weeks Vacation

  2. My linguist dad said the "calling birds" was originally "coaly bird" (ie, BLACK birds) but enough people heard it wrong that it eventually changed. This kind of stuff fascinates me!

    As for my list, having a bit of fun:
    1. Spotless house
    2. book tours
    3. trips to Disneyland
    4. happy, healthy kids
    5. gold rings (hey, why not?)
    6. afternoon naps
    7. happy hours with family
    8. days to write
    9. million dollars
    10. chocolate pies
    11. days in Europe
    12. pounds lost! (more than that, but the song doesn't go any higher)

    (Also tweeted the giveaway!)

  3. Angie says:

    Fun contest. My list (in reverse order)

    12 books for reading
    11 bags of popcorn
    10 funny movies
    9 new notebooks
    8 hours for sleeping (every night)
    7 peaceful days (each week)
    6 happy children
    5 ice cream bars
    4 family parties
    3 writing conferences
    2 pairs of jammies
    1 book contract just for me!

    I'll facebook and tweet it too.

  4. MDYBYU says:

    I'll go ahead and post the winner tomorrow of the first copy. Thanks to all who entered!

  5. A.J. Dub. says:

    Is this still on?

    Here is my list, either way

    12 goals fulfilled
    11 hugs from kids
    10 low electric bills
    9 spools of thread
    8 yards of fabric
    7 days of a clean house
    6 chocolate caramels (no nuts!)
    5 new books
    4 happy kids
    3 family vacations
    2 hour nap
    1 Second honeymoon

  6. MDYBYU says:

    The contest is still one and you will be entered in the next drawing for the book on the 24th.

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