Ten Lords-a-Leaping

Welcome  Well, I found out some more information about alleged meaning behind The Twelve Days of Christmas song, which I started discussing earlier this week.  I’ll share what I found out and let you decide if it’s literal or trivial.  I will also bring our carol back around for some scriptural discussion and share my last #easyholidayhome recipe for the week. 

Food For Thought  So, I came across a whole different explanation about the meaning of the lyrics for The Twelve Days of Christmas.  I found the following information at Ethics Daily from 2010, but it makes sense to me, considering the time period.  Leigh Grant, who wrote and illustrated a children’s book about “The Twelve Days,” said the gifts are popular parts of medieval feasts, often held during Twelfth Night celebrations. The birds were eaten while the pipers, drummers, and lords entertained the guests. The five golden rings in the song refer not to jewelry, but to ring-necked pheasants.  Feasts and entertainment are common features of holiday celebrations, both secular and religious.  As for the theological symbolism behind the numbered treasures, the ten lords are supposedly referring to The Ten Commandments.  But in my ongoing search for information, I am finding more and more sources that dispute that this Christmas carol offers any hidden religious meaning.

While Middle Ages history is not really my forte, I remember lords were of noble birth and were land owners in the kingdom.  When I think about that, it’s hard for me to imagine a bunch of noble guys leaping and jumping around, even for a holiday celebration.  So that brings me to another guess as to what our lyrics mean.  One commentator said that since the gifts in the song are meant to seem extravagant, the ten lords a leaping indicate that the “true love” is so wealthy, they can pay even nobility to leap and dance around and do their bidding, making it a much more showy gift than we would think.  So there you go!  I often say to my family that I’m full of “useless trivia,” and now you can be too!  When a coworker or stranger comments on the oddity of this holiday song, you can chime in with the speculations we’ve shared here on the blog, all in fun, of course.

Today’s Scriptures  I have recently discovered a highly disputed topic in reference to a word used in scripture.  Having the word “Lord” in our Bibles is actually a very hot topic among religious scholars across faiths and denominations.  I honestly had no idea!  I guess I’m somewhat naïve and I am certainly no Bible scholar, but growing up reading the Bible, first the KJV and then transitioning to NIV, I never really considered a problem calling my God, my father in heaven, “Lord.”  In looking up information about this topic, I found stems from two big ideas, and yes I am generalizing a bit here.  First, Hebrew, which had no vowel sound representation, made translations difficult to pronounce, and second, in reverence for HIS NAME it would not be misspoken.  Jews took the fourth commandment very seriously, so to avoid using HIS name incorrectly, they used the Hebrew word Adonai, which translates to Lord or My Lord.  There is plenty of discussion and commentary on the web and in books regarding this topic, so feel free to do your own research.  These verses came to mind while reading this information.

Exodus 20: 7; Deuteronomy 5:11  “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.”

Exodus 3:14-15  “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’  God also said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob-has sent me to you.’  This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.”  ***There is a footnote in my Bible for verse 15 saying, “The Hebrew for LORD sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew for I AM used in verse 14.”  I don’t have even close to enough knowledge of Hebrew to offer expertise on that statement.

Today’s Recipe  Do you love the sensational flavor combination of salty and sweet?  Are you looking for a #easyholidayhome treat this Christmas season that fits the sweet and salty description while also looking festive?  Then look no further!  I have for you today Sweet and Salty Christmas Crunch, inspired by the blog at Cooking Classy.  We made this snack mix at our house this week for our own family game night and also for my husband to share with his friends during their game night.

Sweet and Salty Christmas Crunch
Great for a crowd, party, or gifting-no baking required!

Sweet and Salty Christmas Crunch 

  • 4.4 oz bag of Skinny Pop popcorn
  • 2 cups pretzel sticks
  • 11.4 oz bag of red and green M&M’s (you could also use plain or other flavors, if you like)
  • 2 10-oz bags of white candy melting wafers (I used Ghiradelli)
  • 2 oz container of holiday sprinkles
  • wax paper

Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with wax paper.  Divide the popcorn between the two pans.  Add one cup of pretzel sticks to each pan of popcorn.  Divide the M&M’s between the two baking pans.  In microwave safe bowl, melt one bag of candy wafers on 30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until wafers are melted and smooth.  Drizzle melted candy across one pan of popcorn mix and sprinkle half of the holiday sprinkles on the pan before the chocolate has set.  Mix gently with hands to coat as much as possible with the melted candy and sprinkles.  Repeat process with second bag of candy wafers for the second pan of popcorn mix.  Allow mix to sit for about an hour to firmly set the chocolate before moving to serving or storage containers.  This can be stored for a week or so in an airtight container.