Fifth Day of Christmas and Five Golden Rings

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On the fifth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me:
Five Golden Rings
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Look close. There are five “golden” rings on the ornaments. Yesterday I told you that it was my favorite of the verses. I like the pause on Gol-den and it seems to me that we always sang that part the loudest!

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“Five Golden Rings” represents the first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

There are so many different versions as to the “truth” behind the song. Here is one of them: Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829 were prohibited by law to practice their faith either in public or private. It was illegal to be Catholic until Parliament finally emancipated Catholics in England in 1829."The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as one of the "catechism songs" to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. In short, it was a coded-message, a memory aid. Since the song sounded like rhyming nonsense, young Catholics could sing the song without fear of imprisonment. The authorities would not know that it was a religious song."The 12 Days of Christmas" is in a sense an allegory. Each of the items in the song represents something significant to the teachings of the Catholic faith. The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help Catholic children learn their faith. The better-acquainted one is with the Bible, the more these interpretations have significance. source

Can you hear it? It’s almost that time of year again. I can feel it coming on. How many of you are ready to be one of the roughly 60% of people that impose a New Year Resolution? Only 8% of you will actually push through and complete it. I stopped making them, long ago and far away, although I am told that making them is a great idea and actually pegs the happiness meter.



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For me, I found that change should be implemented when I think of it instead of postponing the date, waiting for the New Year to begin. There is no time like the present – but that is for me. I find inch by inch, I can move towards a bigger goal, much easier to implement into my life. Those small annoying issues, I heard they were called the Pigeons of Discontent. Of course, that made me laugh. I loved that term. So, tell me, tell me, tell me do… What does it for you? Resolutions or not? Tell me true.


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Celebrate. Each. Day.

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The sun shines through
The brushes of pine
Hiding my gratitude
That is given freely

The pine stays green in winter... wisdom in hardship.
~Norman Douglas

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As always, there must be a flower. I dedicate this picture to #SundayPurple #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra, who colors my world every day.

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And just like that, this show is over! I want to thank you for visiting my post. It is always a pleasure to see you and I want to thank you for singing along in the twelve days of Christmas. Because, who doesn't love that song???

Love to all, Denise



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Thank you for visiting my post 💖 Because of you, I come back to post, again and again, I am encouraged by you, for the time you take to visit, comment or even upvote. For all of these reasons, I am eternally grateful. Don't ever forget what a wonderful world we live in, people. Some days, it is not as easy to see, how wonderful it really is. Kindness counts. Wherever you go, whatever you do.

We Are The World

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretending day-by-day
That someone, somewhere soon make a change
We're all a part of God's great big family
And the truth, you know, love is all we need
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives

It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me
Oh, send them your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stones to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
Oh, there's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me

When you're down and out, there seems no hope at all
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well let us realize
Oh, that a change can only come
When we stand together as one, yeah, yeah, yeah

We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day, so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day, just you and me


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Never was one for using the new year as a reason to change, but if it helps some, all the better.

I don't make New Year's resolutions. Well, I already said why in the text. I suppose if I thought it would do something, why not start that day, instead of waiting until New Year's Eve?

But , I guess it could be fun for some people. Who am I to buck tradition?

Happy almost New Year!

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Oh my gosh, I had no idea there was such meaning in The 12 Days of Christmas! Thank you for all the great info, @dswigle. I love historic and educational posts like this one!

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Oh, there are so many meanings, just pick one! LOL I love historic and educational ones myself! Thanks again and have yourself a very Happy New Year!

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May your joy be throughout the year. Thanks for share 😊

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Thank you so much @shuvo35! It is my pleasure to share! Have a great week ahead!

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I love that verse of the song, and those ornaments are so beautiful

I love that verse of
The song, and those ornaments
Are so beautiful

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Thank you so much, Denisse! @denissemata I hope you had a Merry Christmas!! I do love my ornaments!! Have a most wonderful week ahead!

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I hope you go through the entire 12 days! I love your pictures, and reminders of Christmas are always a fun thing to have. :)

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That is my intention! I hope to be able to get through them all! They have actually been fun to do. I do love Christmas and I cannot believe it is all over already!

Time to get thinking about next year!

Hi, Victor! @wwwiebe Have a great week ahead!

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Just upvoted

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Haha! You didn't bomb me too bad! :) I have had worse!

Thanks for the upvote!

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Can you believe that Marian just sang this song for me and that I do not know it? Might have heard it briefly, but no recollection when or where.
So interesting to read that the song was in a Catholic code Lady Denise.
May 2020 shower you in blessings and thank you for being such a true friend over the years!

Really? How cool is that? Now, that is what I call a for-real coincidence, right? What are the chances of that happening, and yet it did! :) That put a big ole smile on my face!

Oh, there are so many truths in all these kids songs, it is hard to separate truth from fiction. I will address that later in the week. :)

Thank you so much and may 2020 be the best year ever!!! As for a true friend, they don't come any true bluer than you!

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Well if it put a smile on your face then I am happy my friend,
I think that many "kids songs" have interesting histories, not only Christmas ones and you might have a great idea here to separate facts from fiction.
Blessings from your "true bluer" friend Lol

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Hello my Dear Denise! Thankfully U.S and Canada are one of the places of the world where we can freely believe what ever we want. Altough, there is still room for improvement, I believe we are moving in the right direction because we are the children, we are the world and we are making the right choice for the brighter future. So thank you for remanding that to us with your beautiful post 🎄😍🎄

Hi, Lena! @lenasveganliving

I agree, some don't even realize how lucky they have been all their life! There is always room for improvement, but, if we had to live this way, we would all be fine. We have it so good anyway!

I want to thank you for being such a wonderful friend and supporter. Many blessings to you and your family.

Have a beautiful week ahead!

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Oh I didn't mean us, when I said room for improvement. I meant the society. We need to be more kind towards the planet and animals. Also, there is still lots of crime, homelessness and poverty. So we have long way to go. Anyway, didn't mean to make you sad.

And we are friends for a very long time my Dear Denise, so the feeling is mutual. I am here because of you and Judith. To bad she is not active anymore. I just see her pop up on FB sometimes. I do miss her.

Thank you so much and blessings to you and your family as well. This year is almost over therefore I wish you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, full of joy, love and abundance. Lots of hugs too 💖😍💖

I knew you didn't mean us! 💖 You are way too kind to point fingers anyway. Now, let's get this world spinning right~

Yes!! Happy New Year to you and your family!!! I miss Judith too~ She tried to come back, but her account was locked as she forgot her password. :(

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!! She did???? That really sucks!!!

Thank you so much my Dear Denise! Happy New Year to you too and your family. I am sending lots of hugs and blessings! Cheers 🥂😘😘😘

Thank you!! xoxo It totally does!! :(

I miss her on here. Maybe she should open another?

She definitely should 😍

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Hidden in words, poetry, lyrics, hymns, carols it is amazing where they originate from Denise, a lovely run down on the meaning of each.

No new year resolutions here, make them to break them?

Enjoy you last Sunday of the year @dswigle thanks for the flower, always brings a powerful message.

Here! Here! My kind of gal, Joan! @joanstewart

If I don't make them, I cannot break them! I do love that song and we used to sing it ad nauseam !! LOL Of course, my mother would never say that, but, in hindsight, I can see it myself! :)

I know, right??? Last Sunday of the year! Yikes! Where did the time go? Happy Almost New Year, Joan!

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This year sure zoomed by quickly, I'm still in the headwind...

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Nice photography and poetry. Wish a happy and lovely day for you.

Thank you so much for the wonderful words. It is unseasonably warm, although we are experiencing a rain shower. But, all is well. Have a nice week ahead!

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"Pigeons of Discontent"..... ha ha.... nope! never heard that before.

I've made one resolution and I have kept it. Many years ago my resolution was to never make any resolutions.

:) It's been easy to keep !

Oh!!! You stole mine!!! ;)

Someone got irritated because I said I didn't make them. They wanted me to make one up anyway. Haha! Seriously!

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Whew! What a week! I'm just starting to have some time to read posts again, and find I have missed five days of Christmas from you. I love them, am learning so much I never imagined. Happy Holidays!

I know, right? I scheduled a couple as I knew that would be coming up and I had time on my hands (so to speak) at night, so I have been putting together a few. But, I ran out so, I am scurrying tonight to get the sixth day of Christmas ready. Hehe...

No worries! On the twelfth day, I will be repeating them all in one post. That should really bore the heck out of everyone! LOL OMG... I am competing for boring you.

You are so sweet and I am glad you like my Christmas! xoxo Almost Happy New Year! Have a great start of your week!

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What a lovely way to honour the song and its significances!
You reminded me that I actually hadn't heard this song in awhile, not this Christmas! Thank you... 😊 I shall roam around your page and enjoy the images...

Hehe! I know! I hadn't heard it and had to purposedly ask my Alexa to play it for me! :)

Thank you for stopping by and saying hello! It is always such a pleasure to see you!

Mwah! Happy New Year, AC!

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