Welcome Has anyone else ever wondered why there are so many birds mentioned in The Twelve Days of Christmas carol? I have wondered this for a very long time. We’ll look at a logical “guess” to answer this question, as well as some other spiritual bird inquiries. Stick around to the end and I have another fast and delicious breakfast recipe to share this week. Thanks for stopping by. Note–I may receive a small compensation from affiliate links found on this blog post. For further information, please see my Terms and Disclosure page.
Food For Thought So when I began my quest for knowledge surrounding this peculiar Christmas carol, I found out that the first seven days of the song have gifts that involve birds. I learned that the five golden rings given on the fifth day were referring to a ring-necked bird, not jewelry. So why would someone sing of their true love giving them MANY birds for their holiday gifts? Let me assure you, if you try to look up this answer on the internet, you will get some absolutely absurd and ridiculous answers, ranging from a little silly to completely offensive! But I discovered one theory that actually made sense. Keeping in mind the time period when this song was written, we know that it was a time of aristocracy and the rich were very rich and the poor were very poor. According to the question and answer website, Quora, birds and fowl were a much more prevalent food source among the peasants and commoners than four-legged beast. So it was logical that their Christmas-time feasts would include things like doves, hens, and geese. This eludes to the idea that these gifts are being given in preparation for their holiday celebration, along with the milk and cheese from the maids on the eighth day. The dancing and playing of instruments in the latter verses are a nod to how they would celebrate, sources of entertainment that would cost no money. I have no way of proving this idea as true, but it makes a lot more sense to me when I think about the song now.
So while I was on my “bird study,” I decided to look into birds of the Bible, as well. I found some interesting commentary at ministrymagazine.org. According to the information, there are nearly 300 verses in the Bible mentioning birds, appearing more frequently in the Old Testament than the new. Over 100 verses use only the word “fowl” or “bird” making no mention of a specific species. Birds were often used to teach spiritual lessons. The most common species of bird mentioned is the dove. And one other interesting note, during Biblical times, bats were considered birds because they flew. At that time they did not have the zoological information about animal classification that we have now. Interesting!
Today’s Scriptures I had never really given it much consideration until now, but I have several favorite Bible verses that mention birds. I would like to share a few of those with you today.
Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Matthew 6:26-27 “Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”
Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”
Today’s Recipe I talked a lot about birds today, but our sixth day of Christmas countdown says “six geese a laying.” I had always assumed they were talking about geese laying eggs. I don’t know if that’s what they’re really singing about, maybe the Geese are just laying down like the picture above. Anyway, I love eggs as a cooking ingredient. I’m talking about using good ol’ generic chicken eggs, either fresh from the farm or the grocery store shelf! I use them in many baking recipes as well as main dishes. Our family often has “breakfast for dinner” each week. These are fast and frugal meals that please the whole family. I would like to share one of these dishes with you today.
Grilled Cheese with Scrambled Egg and Sausage (makes 6 sandwiches)
- 1 lb bulk breakfast sausage
- 5 eggs, lightly beaten
- 12 slices sandwich bread
- spreadable butter/margerine
- 6 slices cheddar cheese
Brown sausage in skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Remove sausage from skillet and add eggs to pan. Scramble eggs until firm and remove from heat. Add sausage back into pan. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Spray griddle with nonstick spray and heat to 350 degrees. When griddle is hot, place 6 slices of bread, butter side down, on griddle. Add a slice of cheese to each piece of bread. Top each slice of cheese with a generous amount of the sausage and egg mixture. Place another slice of bread on top, butter side up, and press down firmly with back of spatula to help the cheese melt into the egg and sausage. At about 2 minutes, carefully flip sandwiches over. You will want a large size pancake flipper, if you have one, and will probably have to guide the sandwiches a bit with your fingers or another spatula or tongs. I had a few pieces of sausage fall out the sides, but not much. Allow sandwiches to cook on this side for about 2-3 more minutes. I like to serve mine with a side of home fries.
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