Monday, May 23, 2022



Offering yourself as a gift just might bring love at Christmas! 



When Christmas friends living in a castle in Edinburgh receive requests in the mail, asking them to bring true love to places all over Scotland, a partridge, along with turtle doves, French hens, calling birds, gold rings, geese, swans, maids, ladies, lords, pipers, and drummers, give themselves as Christmas gifts to couples with waning romances. Although the friends gave up on thinking they could ever reignite failing relationships, they try again at offering themselves as for-hire romantic presents during the holidays for The Twelve Days of Christmas. 



Nibbling on a sweet pear in its tree, a partridge in a Scottish castle reads a letter from the post, wondering if he really has any ability to help bring true love at Christmas to troubled couples. The bird knows that the last time he and his friends made attempts to spread romance at Christmas that it did not go very well. Asking his friends what they think, the drafty room falls silent, and his friends nod their heads and shrug their shoulders. The letters in the mail from strangers suggest that the group of Christmas friends have the power to save fleeing love. The partridge lives in a castle on the far side of Edinburgh with turtle doves, French hens, calling birds, gold rings, geese, swans, maids, ladies, lords, pipers, and drummers. Every year at Christmas, they receive abundant requests to travel all over Scotland as gifts, to bring true love to waning romances.


Despite their love for romance at Christmas, the friends have given up offering themselves as gifts for the purposes of true love. After so many failed attempts, they have lost their idealism and innocence. Two turtle doves say they are very much in love and wonder why everyone cannot do the same. Three French hens think if lovers listen to them that their accents can make them think of Paris. Four calling birds hum love songs that should make anyone fall in love. Five gold rings could make real gentlemen think of proposing at Christmas. Six geese-a-laying say the magic in their golden eggs spreads love. Seven swans-a-swimming put their necks together to make hearts that remind people of romance. Eight maids-a-milking make enchanted dinners with their delicious milk. Nine ladies dancing encourage couples to dance together again. Ten lords-a-leaping jump for joy at the thought of true love. Eleven pipers piping celebrate the love that can be found at Christmas. Twelve drummers drumming know that true love marches to its own beat. 


After a moment, the partridge suggests to his friends that they try again to spread love. He responds to the kind sir that corresponded in the mail, saying that he and his friends would be willing to help the client, but they make no promises. The two turtle doves think the friends have been hiding in their castle alone for too long anyhow. At that, it is decided that the friends who were brought together through Christmas would once again attempt to bring true love for twelve straight days, offering themselves as gifts. No one could imagine a grander idea at the holidays! As time goes on, the friends become so famous that a song called “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is written about their endeavors. Much success is granted to their romantic gestures, and everyone in the world wants true love at Christmas.

Copyright 2022 Jennifer Waters

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