8th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Haiku, #maidsamilking via @PatFurstenberg

8th Day of Christmas Haiku: Eight Maids a-Milking

Hay on the shed’s floor,

Steamy, barny-odour milk.

Last star shies away.

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Happy New Year 2019!

La Multi Ani!

Gelukkige nuwe jaar!

Bliadhna mhath ur!

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

Bonne année!

Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit!

Today Christianity celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of Jesus.

In older versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the maids a-milking were hares a-running and even hounds a-running or boys a-singing.

The eight maids a-milking might simply represent the goodness of the dairy products, so sought after during the Middle Ages when refrigeration was not an option.

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7th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #Haiku, #swansaswimming via @PatFurstenberg

7th Day of Christmas Haiku: Seven Swans a Swimming

Plumed water lily

Gliding shyly away. Swan.

Odette, not Odile.

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Happy New Year 2019!

Hogmanay is celebrated today in Scotland, with the first stroke of midnight, so Slàinte Mhath!

Catholic Church celebrate Pope Sylvester today – in many Central and Eastern European countries New Year’s Eve is called Silvester.

Swans have been associated with the supernatural world by Egyptians: swan statues have been discovered in royal burial chambers. Egyptians successfully captured many of these birds during their migration and acclimatized them to the weather conditions along the Nile.They must have looked so elegant and graceful gliding with their white bodies over water and singing – more beautiful as they grow older.

Greeks, too, have a mythological story or two involving swans, perhaps the best known and most controversial being that of Leda and the Swan, in which God Zeus took the form of a swan to seduce his beloved Leda, Queen of Sparta – and thus Helen of Troy was born.

King Edward of England took his knighthood vow in Westminster Abbey on 22 May 1306 together with 266 other esquires eligible for knighthood on two swans, ‘The Feast of the Swans“. Apparently the swans had golden and crowns and since then swans have been associated with monarchy.

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6th Day of Christmas Haiku, Haiku-San #Christmas, #Haiku, #geesealaying, #haikusan, #sunday via @PatFurstenberg

6th Day of Christmas Haiku, Sunday Haiku-San: Six Geese a Laying

Webbed feet, menace honk,

Orange bill, wings spread out. Run!

Still lake at sunset.

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Merry Christmas!

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In a previous version of this song the geese were ducks a-laying.

The geese has always been considered a symbol of the solar year (due to their annual migration) and of fertility.

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I chose the name Haiku-San as it derives from Haiku, meaning unusual verse in Japanese (hai=unusual, ku=verse, strophe) and San, the honorific Japanese title when speaking about people. San is also the phonetic transcription of the first syllable of the English word Sunday, Sun-day hence Haiku-San, a Sunday feature on Alluring Creations involving Haiku I write.

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5th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #Haiku, #goldenrings via @PatFurstenberg

5th Day of Christmas Haiku: Five Golden Rings

Circle of promise

Written in gold, forever.

Five rings mugger’s luck.

~

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In previous versions of “12 Days of Christmas” five golden rings have been hares running or goldie rings.

These golden rings seem a bit out of place mentions in the middle of a list of birds (partridge, doves, hens, calling birds, geese, swans), isn’t it?

Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant

That’s because they might actually refer to the golded rings around the neck of the Golden Pheasant.

Some scholars suggest that the golden rings are actually goldspinks, a 1700’s name for another bird, the European Goldfinch.

There is a Greek legend that might played some influence here. It speaks of Jason and the Argonauts, his crew of men, who went in the quest for the Golden Fleece as ordered by kind Pelias in order to place Jason legally on the throne of Thessaly.

“To take my throne, which you shall, you must go on a quest to find the Golden Fleece.”

From their quest they also brought golden birds, Phasianos ornis in Greek, bird of the river Phasis (Φασιανὸς ὂρνις), the “ring-necked pheasant. But being just introduced in the country they were quite scares so eating them was a luxury of the very rich.

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4th Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #Haiku, #callingbirds via @PatFurstenberg

4th Day of Christmas Haiku: Four Calling Birds

Thick necks, black, shaggy

Feathers, raven’s high shrill warns:

Fear! Four calling birds.

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Merry Christmas!

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Today Christianity celebrates the The Feast of the Holy Innocents, remembering the baby boys killed by King Herod while trying to find baby Jesus and get rid of Him.

In previous versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the calling birds were colly birds, collie birds, coloured birds or canary birds – but meaning black birds, the European Blackbird or the common blackbird, Turdus Merula, ‘colly’ deriving from ‘coaly’, of ‘coal’ color, black – the crow.

Let’s remember the Medieval culinary traditions involving gourmet meals on special occasions and baked pies with surprising fillings! Blackbirds, being quite big and abundant during those times,were considered a delicacy – so four black birds for a Christmas time feast was appealing. Remember, “Song of Six Pence” speaks of 24 blackbirds baked in a pie!

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3rd Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #haiku, #frenchhens via @PatFurstenberg

3rd Day of Christmas Haiku: Three French Hens

Three salmon shade hens

Dance. Feathered feet, ten toes each.

A bright green worm stretched.

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Merry Christmas!

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Today Christianity celebrates St John the Apostle.

In a previous version of “The 12 Days of Christmas” the three french hens were fat hens or turtle doves; also, french might mean foreign.

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2nd Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #haiku, #doves via @PatFurstenberg

2nd Day of Christmas Haiku: Two Turtle Doves

Fluffed up and coo-ing,

Two turtle doves dance tango.

Bright blue sky above.

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Merry Christmas!

Happy Boxing Day!

Happy Saint Stephen’s  Day (the first Christian martyr!).

Did you know that today is the exact day when the Christmas Carol Good Kind Wenceslas tales place?

In an older version of this song the turtle doves were french hens.

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1st Day of Christmas Haiku, #Christmas, #partridge, #peartree via @PatFurstenberg

1st Day of Christmas Sunday Haiku: Haiku-San, A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Partridge in pear tree

Feathers fly around, chirping.

I contemplate snow.

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Merry Christmas!

I hope you will enjoy the “12 Days of Christmas” themed haiku published here starting today, on the Day Christianity celebrates the Birth of Jesus. This song is over 230 years old and was first publish without musical accompaniment, as a chant.

What is the pear tree doing in a Christmas song? Cecil Sharp, an English folk song connoisseur, believes that pear tree is just the French perdrix (partridge) lost in translation: “un’ perdrix sole”

Did you know that in the old versions of “12 Days of Christmas” the word on was not present at the beginning of each verse? It was introduced in the 1909 printed version of Austin and it stuck – proof to the power of the printed word.

Did you know that some older versions have juniper tree or June apple tree instead of pear tree?

In older versions my true love is  replaced by my mother and partridge is replaced with very pretty peacock.

“12 Days of Christmas” is a cumulative song, the verse structure modified so that each verse is based on the previous one with minor additions. Other such songs are The Barley Mow:

“Here’s good luck to the pint pot,
Good luck to the barley mow
Jolly good luck to the pint pot,
Good luck to the barley mow.

Here’s good luck to the quart pot,
Good luck to the barley mow
Jolly good luck to the quart pot,
Good luck to the barley mow”

or The Rattlin’ Bog:

“Hi ho, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o,
Hi ho, the rattlin’ bog,
The bog down in the valley-o.

1. Now in the bog there was a tree,
A rare tree, a rattlin’ tree,
The tree in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.

2. And on that tree there was a branch,
A rare branch, a rattlin’ branch,
The branch on the tree, and the tree in the bog,
And the bog down in the valley-o.”

Yiddish folk music contains many wonderful examples of cumulative songs. The French nursery rhyme Alouette is another great example.

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The song verse are quoted for educational purpose only, source wikipedia.

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Christmas Eve, #Christmas #Haiku via @PatFurstenberg

Christmas Eve Haiku

A star shines brighter,

Yearly promise of hope.

Last unwrapped present.

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Welcome to Christmas Haiku!

I hope you enjoyed the December haiku posted daily since the beginning of the month. You can find the other Christmas haiku on this page of my website.

Starting with Christmas Day I will post a new series of haiku: the 12 days of Christmas, my Christmas prezzie for YOU! Subscribe to my blog (newsletter sign up on the right column or beneath this post) and never miss a haiku with your morning coffee or favorite cuppa!

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Movie Music Monday, Believe from The Polar Express, 2004, Josh Groban via @PatFurstenberg #Christmas #moviemusicmonday

The Polar Express has to be one of the most magical movies ever! Its song Believe gives me goose bumps whenever I listen to it! It is about a boy who learns to believe in Santa during a magical train adventure.

The book The Polar Express was written by Chris Van Allsburg, an American illustrator and children’s books author who also wrote Jumanji.

Believe, written by Glen Ballard and Alan Silvestri, was nominated for the Oscar for Best Original Song at the 77th Academy Awards and it is sung by Josh Groban. Believe gained a Grammy Award in 2006.


Josh Groban Lyrics

“Believe”
(from “The Polar Express” soundtrack)

Children sleeping, snow is softly falling
Dreams are calling like bells in the distance
We were dreamers not so long ago
But one by one we all had to grow up
When it seems the magic’s slipped away
We find it all again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that’s playing
There’s no time to waste
There’s so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need
If you just believe

Trains move quickly to their journey’s end
Destinations are where we begin again
Ships go sailing far across the sea
Trusting starlight to get where they need to be
When it seems that we have lost our way
We find ourselves again on Christmas day

Believe in what your heart is saying
Hear the melody that’s playing
There’s no time to waste
There’s so much to celebrate
Believe in what you feel inside
And give your dreams the wings to fly
You have everything you need

If you just believe
If you just believe
If you just believe
If you just believe

Just believe
Just believe

My favorite part of this movie – and book! –  is found right at the end:

“At one time, most of my friends could hear the bell, but as years passed, it fell silent for all of them. Even Sarah found one Christmas that she could no longer hear its sweet sound. Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me, as it does for all who truly believe.”

(Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express )

I guess my very special Christmas wish is that I always hear the sound of the Christmas bell…

“Believe” lyrics and movie clip are property and copyright of their owners. “The Polar Express” movie clip is provided for educational purposes and personal use only.

The #MusicMonday meme was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. You can pick a song that you really like and share it on Monday. I thoroughly enjoyed this blog feature on Mischenko’s lovely blog, ReadRantRockandroll .

What are your thoughts on White Christmas? Have you watched it yet? If not, December is a good month to watch a romantic musical!

Let me know in comments below.



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