A special welcome to Darynda Jones, author of the Charley Davidson novels! She's offering up her thoughts on a partridge in a pear tree, and will also be giving away a signed copy of one of her two books, First Grave on the Right or Second Grave on the Left.
Winner of the 2009 Golden Heart® for Best Paranormal Romance for her manuscript FIRST GRAVE ON THE RIGHT, Darynda was born spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike. After the Golden Heart final, she pimped herself as best she could, landed an amazing agent and sold to St. Martin's Press in a three-book deal. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of more than 25 years and two beautiful sons, aka the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Did you ever wonder to what a partridge in a pear tree referred and why someone would give one of these unique gifts to his or her true love?
Yeah, me too.
I mean, surely it has some deeper meaning, some special attribute that symbolizes undying love. Least I hoped so as I set off on my journey to find out what in the world this composer spoke of. When I was little, I thought it had something to do with the Partridge Family. David Cassidy in a pear tree? Heck yeah, baby.
But as I grew older, I realized, alas, that was probably not the case. And in my research, I’ve discovered some interesting theories surrounding the true meaning of this verse.
In one theory, this song was originally written to help children learn their faith at a time when Catholicism was discouraged in England. A partridge in a pear tree symbolized Jesus. However, this theory is highly unlikely since the song originated in France. It’s a nice thought, though.
Another theory is that it symbolizes food and sport for each month of the year. The twelve days of Christmas are often associated with the corresponding month, so the first day would correspond with January. Apparently, there are many varieties of pears that do ripen in winter months, so this is plausible. But do partridges hang out in pear trees? They are not small birds that can be easily caged and the song predates dwarf trees, so it’s not super likely that the gift was an actual living partridge in a honking big tree.
Going back in history, we learn that our European ancestors were quite the partiers. There was much feasting to be had during the twelve days of Christmas, and most likely this refers to a partridge being served on a bed of pears during one such feast.
There are other theories, some going back all the way to Greek mythology, but I like the partier theory. I’m not much of a drinker, so I will leave you with these five-ish words of wisdom: Eat, drink (hot chocolate), and be merry! And have a safe and happy holiday!
This giveaway is being sponsored by Darynda Jones. The winner will get their choice of First Grave on the Right OR Second Grave on the Left.