Wednesday, December 29, 2010

On the 4th Day of Christmas

my true love gave to me
four colly birds...

three French hens
two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree.

According to a few websites the modern version of the fourth day that says "calling birds" might have been mistranslated from "colly birds," which is an old English nickname for a blackbird. That could be, since I can think of at least one other rhyme that refers to blackbirds. Well, some believe that the difference between calling and colly might debunk the Christian theory of the song. The theory being if it's calling birds it represents the four gospels. I don't know why colly birds would force it to NOT represent them though... I mean if French hens can represent faith, hope, and love, why can't blackbirds represent the gospels? I think it's more about the number. Well, anyway, the four gospels are the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and they all tell the story of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection, from four different points of view.

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  1. Always interesting! Thank you very much.

  2. thanks for the downloads

  3. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [30 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Cat(s)/Dog(s)/Bear/Bird/Butterfly/Any other Animal Theme post on Dec. 29, 2010. Thanks again.

  5. That is interesting. I always wondered what a "calling bird" was. Thanks for the download.