Previously I noted my dismay that people were counting down the 12 days of Christmas as though they were before Christmas, not after Christmas. Please note that 12th night is the 5th January, that is Epiphany Eve. This means we are now in the 12 days of Christmas-tide. There is some debate about whether the twelfth day of Christmas follows the twelfth night and co-incides with Epiphany, or whether the first day of Christmas is Christmas Day, and thus the 12th day is the 5th January. Because I didn’t post yesterday, I declare that in this blog, this year, we begin the day count today, and days change over at sundown.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, on to the business of the first day of Christmas. For the next twelve days I’m going to include a link to a rendition of a version of the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” In order to remind ourselves of the original words, we begin with some puppets and a person singing the lyrics that include “… and a partridge in a pear tree.”
On the First Day of Christmas I’d also like to note that I got the following books for Christmas:
1. Womanist Theological Ethics: A Reader Edited by Katie Geneva Cannon, Emilie M. Townes, and Angela D. Sims. Hot off the press, published this fall by Westminster John Knox Press.
2. The Hunter by Richard Stark, adapted and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke. A graphic novel, given to me as an introduction to graphic novels by YoungestBrother (YBro).
3. Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. Omnipresent on this year’s (Canadian and Commonwealth) book award shortlists. Won the Giller. From RestorationArchitectBrother (RABro).
4. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt. Also omnipresent on this year’s (Canadian and Commonwealth) book awards shortlists. Won the Governor General’s (G.G.) Award & Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. From RABro.
5. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. New! Eugenides novel much reviewed and hallooed this fall. From RABro.
Last, but certainly not least, and sure to rise to the top of my pile,
6. Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James. Wahoo!! P.D. James does Austen fanfic! Can’t wait. Am only waiting as am in the middle of re-reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson and it is really really good. DCTP is next. Also from RABro, but I asked for it.
Pretty good pile. OK, off to eat gingerbread cookies and read.