On the eve of Christmas, we thought revealing the code for the popular song was appropriate… especially since we never knew the true meaning!
Maybe it’s common knowledge for most? But for those who don’t celebrate, you may be surprised at finding reference to the Old Testament and Torah in the popular song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.
History has it that from around 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. The famous carol was written as catechism for young Catholics during the holiday season. There are basically two levels of meaning: the surface, plus a hidden meaning that was known only to members of the church. Each element is code for a religious reality which children could easily remember.
Partridge in a Pear Tree is Jesus Christ.
Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testament.
Three French Hens stood for faith, hope and love.
Four Calling Birds were the four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
Five Golden Rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
Six Geese A-Laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven Swans A-Swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
Eight Maids A-Milking were the Eight Beatitudes.
Nine Ladies Dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
Ten Lords A-Leaping were the Ten Commandments.
Eleven Pipers Piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve Drummers Drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostels’ Creed.
We wish for you the merriest of holidays,
filled with light, love, laughter and family!
The Birdhouse Chick
If you’ve waited a little too long to decide on a way nice, impressive gift for that special someone… don’t fret. Sometimes good things really do come to those who wait, because instead of settling, you just know when you’ve found the right thing.
In stock and ready to ship Monday, you’ll find a stunning copper bird feeder or two… or three! So what’s the big deal about them? Well, anyone who feeds birds would admire them for their durability, their handsome architectural form, and most of all for their functionality. Sure all feeders are basically functional… but to varying degrees – believe us on this one! Backyard birding fanatics for 25 years, we’ve seen all sorts of feeders come and go. We’ve tossed a few in the garbage, and have our favorite going on 18 years of use. For a classic look in a traditional gazebo style feeder, you won’t find a nicer model on the market (shown at right).
Should the mod flavor be more your style, then don’t miss the Spiral Copper Bird Feeder. In small or large, it’s sculptural art for the garden.
Also handcrafted in the USA, this flowing design has no start or end. The larger top portion serves as a weather guard to protect food and birds from the elements. An open dish design is most versatile,allowing for a bevvy of offerings like seed mixes, suet chunks & nuggets, peanuts, even fruit in summer for migratory friends.
And yet one more fitting the bill by the same master metal smith, it’s basically for shelled peanuts. This architectural copper feeder has clean lines and a perforated screen with a solid roof to protect its cache for clingers and others to enjoy. Equally versatile for fruit and suet, home-made nesting materials work beautifully for early spring. These will entice feathered friends to take up residence at your place. Decorative mosses, pet hair, and feathers are a few favorites!
Now if you want it badly enough by Christmas-and are willing to pay the gazillion dollars for overnight shipping… we’ll get it to FedEx in time! But think of how much premium seed that same money could buy for your new feeder?
Here’s the plan: print out the picture, find the biggest box possible with the nicest bow, wrap up the picture and set it under the tree for Christmas morning. With full confidence we’ll guarantee some oohs and aahs with ear to ear smiles!
Merry Christmas to you and yours and happy & healthy 2014!
and thanks for feeding the birds 🙂
It’s the Mother of all birdhouses ever, our biggest, nicest, most stunning dovecote birdhouse. In fact it’s so stately, a small yard just doesn’t cut it! It takes some space to let its grander shine.Dubbed an Estate Martin Birdhouse as it measures over five feet tall and almost two feet wide… now that’s big!
If you’re still looking for something to really impress your special someone, this large bird home is the bomb!
A birdhouse that’s absolutely guaranteed to last a lifetime (with little to no maintenance whatsoever). Because it’s crafted of vinyl, it never rots, splits, cracks or fades. A damp cloth with soapy water is all that’s needed to clean environmental build-up from the surface.
The amazing copper roof comes in your choice of shiny, bright copper, which remains that way for 3-4 years before starting to weather, or an aged patina finish. Copper actually gets darker with age-a brownish tint before you ever see a hint of of that natural patina color. Some folks prefer to omit the special lacquer seal so the copper weathers quicker to match trim on their own residences.
Oh yeah… and the big balls? We have them too! Individually boxed they measure 6×6 with a glossy finish. Bold graphics make them fun ornaments to give-or keep for your own collection.
Both the big house and big balls are available for immediate delivery… in time for Christmas!
Put a smile on a bird’s face today and save 10% on everything at our place!
Just use promo code mc10 at checkout.
and the happiest of holidays to you and yours!