On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eight maid-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!
Milkmaids, as humble servants, are supposed to represent the Beatitudes listed in Matthew.
To celebrate, they suggest having some favorite dairy treats like ice cream or hot chocolate. I didn’t have either of these on hand, and as the weather outside was “frightful” as the song goes, I celebrated with a glass or two of milk, which I quite enjoyed. 🙂 I snuggled into my futon and read books and watched movies all day. A peaceful and relaxing start to the new year; what more could I ask for? 🙂