On the Twelfth Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me
twelve drummers drumming—and perhaps some holiday fatigue.
According to PNC’s Christmas Price Index, that true love had to cough up a whopping $34,558.65 for all twelve gifts this year ($157,558.00 if you count all the repetitions).
This is a 0.6% increase from last year due to “the cost increases for the Pear Tree, the increased demand for Golden Rings and wage increases for the Lords-a-Leaping” (PNC 2017).
Those drummers alone cost $2,934.10, but they did play a key role during the Twelve Nights’ celebrations:
The drum was used to announce the serving of the next course of the feast. (Nugent 2013)
Well, twelve drummers would certainly ensure that no one missed a single course!
Nor do you want to miss our last Twelve Days’ tea.
In the spirit of festivity, our drummer is heralding in some Winter Magic.
This rooibos blend highlights seasonal favorites: cinnamon, almonds, and cardamom.
The tiny rooibos and cinnamon slivers—ranging from orange-red to rust to brown in color—are dotted with cardamom husks and seeds along with bits of almond.
The cup is a deep orange with brownish hue, with an aroma that is sweet and cinnamon-spicy. The flavor matches the aroma, with both cardamom and cinnamon contributing.
Rooibos is naturally caffeine free, so this creamy brew can be enjoyed late into the night.
And by the way, keep in mind that the festivities didn’t really end on the Twelfth Night!
As Nugent (2013) explains, the days were still too short and cold to do much work so
the party season continued, . . . through the season of Mardi Gras up until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday.
Since Ash Wednesday falls on February 14 in 2018, that’s over seven more weeks of partying!
Time to drum in the new year—and new opportunities—with some Winter Magic!
Winter Magic rooibos blend is available at TeaHaus.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . .
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree
Nugent, Chuck. “On the twelfth day of Christmas,” Hub Pages, December 26, 2013.
PNC. “The PNC Christmas price index,” PNC Financial Services Group, 2017.