- What is the first day of Christmas? In other words, on what day did the original singer's first present of a partridge in a pear tree arrive? Twelve days before Christmas? Beginning on Christmas Day (but then ending before Epiphany)? Beginning on the first day after Christmas and culminating on Epiphany, the day the magi found Jesus?
- What do we mean by the Christmas Season? I see that phrase interpreted so many ways. Does it have any definitive, commonly understood meaning? Or is it just a broad, sweepingly indistinct term? Is there value in defining the season, or should we let it be open to interpretation?
- Thinking about the song and all the gifts on each of those days, how many presents arrive in all? Think about it for a second. Five golden rings on days 5 through 12 amounts to 40 rings!
- And speaking of gifts, is there any significance behind the seemingly random gift choices? I mean, if I wanted to demonstrate my true love in the same way, my lady would need a barn for all the cows, swans, geese, birds, hens, doves, and partridges. Not to mention a very large house and food budget for all the drummers, pipers, lords, ladies, and maids. Why not sweaters, pajamas, and music CDs? Oh, wait, the song was written before CDs, or cassettes, or albums, or...
Hmmmm.... I just decided to turn this post into a series of posts. That move limits the individual posts to a readable length while furthering the goal of stretching the Christmas Season--whatever that means--to its fullest extent.
We'll tackle the Christmas Season question in Part II of this series.