Monday, December 06, 2010
What a silly song, a partridge in a pear tree. Last week, at a luncheon, I heard about this song actually being created in the 1500's for the Catholics in England, (who were banned at the time) to teach their young children about the bible. The Partridge is actually Jesus Christ, Two Turtle Doves are the Old and New Testaments and so on. You can get the rest of this information online by googling the song. On the other hand, I found a great website that disected the song and compared it's meaning to social and sexual events in those days. A lot more interesting. So if you want to read more, try this link hubpages.com/hub/On_the_First_
Day_of_Christmas. Very interesting!
I also read this week about the use of the words "God Bless You" when someone sneezes. This came from the middle ages as well where it was thought that when you sneezed, your soul briefly left your body. So people would say God Bless to keep the devil from snatching it. There are a lot more sayings that we have that came from way back when. I should write them down when I hear them as I forget. For instance, the nursery rhyme, "Ring around a rosy, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down." is supposed to be a tune about smallpox and it's debilitating results. The posies kept the smell of dead people away.
I'm going to ask Kaseycoff to chime in here as she probably knows all this stuff, living in England like she does. A lot of this stuff originated from England. Spend a penny meant going to the toilet as British restrooms required a penny deposited in the door slot for you to use it.
We finally got our tree up yesterday and what a fiasco. We have a pre-lit Martha Stewart tree that revolves. When we took the tree out of the box, we could only find half the legs of the revolving tree stand. We assumed the other 2 were lost as we could not find them in the box or the tree. After running around town, hubby brought home a regular tree stand so the tree has lights but it doesn't revolve. I love that part of it to see all the ornaments. In the meantime, the plug of the stand broke off so we couldn't use it at all. Then this morning, hubby comes in with 2 legs of the tree stand he found in the bottom of the box while putting it in the trash. Now we can't find the other two legs so either they got thrown out, put in a safe place, or those were the ones we threw out. I can buy a new stand for $30 on Amazon but will it fit? I'll keep looking as I love the revolving part. And new pre-lit trees are $150 or more. We bought this one on sale one year for about $50 8 or 9 years ago. I'll never have a tree that isn't pre-lit. So handy, just plug in.
Went to a party last night and blew WW but back on today. Interesting to see how it goes tomorrow with weigh in after 2 parties. The next party is Thursday night and it will be more balanced I hope. Later.