12 days of Christmas: too many?


Don't know about any of you, but I'm a little done with celebrating. There was the shopping and the singing and the cocoa and the fireworks and the drinking and the ... well, a lot of festivity. I'm plumb tuckered out.

Which brings me to plums. And puddings.

There was a time when all that silliness would still be going on, even on January 3rd. Back in the early 19th century, Christmas was celebrated somewhat differently. Instead of focusing on one day and having an orgy of gift-giving and eating, celebration was strung out over the whole of Christmastide.

Many of the activities were meant to distract young boys on holiday from school -- which is probably what gave rise to dangerous games such as snap dragon (snatching raisins out of bowls of flaming brandy) and hot cockles (you cover your eyes, somebody punches you, and you get to guess who it was).

On the Twelfth Night of Christmas, the eve of Epiphany, hosts served a cake with a bean and a pea cooked in, and whoever got the slices with the bean and the pea would be king and queen for the night. I can see how that could get sordid fairly quickly, but all accounts I've read were sort of tame.

Maybe they were just as tired of the celebrating as I am.

Best to you in the New Year, and thanks for stopping by.


23 comments:

Christine Merritt said...

I have to agree that I am tired of parties and clean up … let's get on with the New Year!

Irene Preston said...

Have to say, I expected more from hot cockles!

Denise A. Agnew said...

I'm glad to be done with the holiday stuff. :) I love it but a month is long enough. Okay, I'll admit that Halloween is my favorite holiday and I celebrate that for about two months. :)

Snoopyvet said...

Working my butt off at UPS doing the holidays I'm always glad to see them gone
I miss getting to just enjoy the season

Christina Livingston said...

I'm happy to be done celebrating as well! Ya for the New Year!

Jeana said...

Like everyone else, I'm glad the holidays are over. When the kids are out of school on break, it seems like my house never stays clean. lol. The whole month of January is generally dedicated to cleaning. :)

Jennifer Mathis said...

yup exhausted however im just on hold til the kids go back to school and then the house needs a ceiling to floor cleaning . I have heard though that thanks to the snow storm blowing in it maybe another week before the school thing happens
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bn100 said...

Sounds busy

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books4me said...

Whew...I'm tired just reading all that had to be done! LOl

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Denise Smith said...

Tell me about it I have 6 kids and 12 grandkids and the house was full and even though I only have one child 16 still in school I still am raising 2 of my grandkids 2 and 4 so when school does start back up I still don't get a break lol. BUT I get NAP tiime and I get to read (Yeah Me)
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Terri said...

I'm a Christmas fan, but I am tired by the time it's over. An easy target for someone to punch me in the face. :)
Happy New Year!

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Beckey said...

Yeah it is crazy and tiring time but got love when the holidays come around (glad it's over as well...)

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Jeanette Platt said...

12 days seems to long lol... I am hoping my son has school on Monday... Don't know due to cold weather and in NC cold weather doesn't set well with many. Thank you for being part of the hop and I hop you have a great new year.

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Melissa Keir said...

Sure doesn't sound like a fun time. I think I'll pass on the snap dragons.


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Stacia Kelly said...

Agreed. I am definitely tired after all the December antics. Plus extra snowdays so ready to be back on a normal schedule!

Samantha Hodges said...

I'm tired of everything that goes on at the end of the year. First you have Thanksgiving and then Christmas. You don't have time to rest before Christmas comes.

Colleen C. said...

Can not imagine playing those games... why would you want to let someone punch you or put your hand in something on fire???

Shelley Chastagner said...

Hot Cockles sounded much more sordid , you should have left out the explanations.

Sharon E said...

Celebrating Christmas for 12 days is to long. I love my family but I don't want to have to entertain, feed and clean up after everyone for the 12 days.

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Susan W. said...

There is no way I could have survived celebrating the holiday for 12 more days after Christmas. I'm ready for everything to get back to normal asap! LOL! Thanks for being part of the hop!
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Juana said...

My mom and I stayed home and watched tv. So no cleanup was necessary.

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Mel Bourn said...

There is no way I could do 12 days. The 2 we do with family is enough for me. I like the calm after all the celebrating. We get to stay home and just enjoy our own family after all the celebrating. I love it.
Mel
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