Sunday, December 26, 2010

12 Days of Christmas

Phew! We have survived the preparations for the holidays, and then sailed gracefully (although rather later than planned) into a glorious Christmas Eve & Day. I really couldn't ask for a more perfect couple of days, except perhaps to have our loved ones who are far away nearby. We spent Christmas Eve with my family, and it was just fun and lovely, the way family holidays should be. We were there way too late, stayed up even way too later to get the remaining (almost all!) gifts wrapped, and then slept later than I can remember sleeping in years, the small one too!

I was thinking about 12 Days of Christmas, also known as Christmastide,  which begin Dec 25th and culminates with 12th Night (Jan 5th), followed by the feast of Epiphany on Jan 6th. There's a great explanation of all of this at Wikipedia, if you want to further your understanding of all of this. 

Sometimes I think it would be great to extend the Christmas holiday for 12 days, but today I'm tired, peaceful, and just basking in the glow of the lovely 2 days, and it feels enough. 12 days off work to rest and just be home would be nice though....some companies do this. We have friends who work for Solar Turbines out in San Diego, and they go on holiday shut down from Christmas-New Years each year....that would be lovely, I'm thinking. 

Helena has fallen in love with the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and we have had  a blast singing it together this year, especially on tedious, tired car rides. I love listening to her sweet voice piping out all 12 verses. 

We also have a book featuring this song with pictures. She loves the story too, but wondered out load, why the true didn't just give his "true love," why all that stuff? She even added her own 13th day of Christmas verse, were the true love gives true love. That's my girl!

Happy, Happy New Year to us all!