Sunday, December 25, 2011

Cookie what makes you sing: The Twelve Days of Christmas

I found The Twelve Days of Christmas after getting familiar with Gene Wilson cookie molds. He also carves individual parts of each part of song (currently unavailable) and one single big one. If you are familiar with cookie mold history, such big molds with multiple cookie pictures are one common style of cookie molds.

There are debat what Twelve Days of Christmas means, what was it's purpose and how it should be translated. Ok, we cleared that one. 

Little sheet I got from Gene Wilson after purchasing Twelve Days of Christmas cookie mold told it was used by christians at Great Britain. Times were hard for catholics, so they tried to hide religious message behind merry carol.

Good thing about Twelve Days of Christmas is lack of obvious christmas themes. Sure, if you know song well you instantly think about christmas just seeing partridge in pear tree. Yet, these little cookies can be baked anytime of year, such as during medieval events or bird watch tour.

Shape of mold is good for springerle, though any kind of dough can be used. Marzipan would do fine, too.

Challenges when it comes to size

Huge cookie mold might look impressive and practical at first sight: 12 invidual cookies just with one press! How convenient! It might be little challenge to learn using so big mold. 

While cookie mold have large area, pressure from hands will be more spread. With hard dough it might lead to some parts of mold having poor detail on dough or opposite, soft dough sticking against mold. If having much struggle, just use mold only partially. Then you can ensure good detail outcome and allow yourself become better with time.

Great video performance about Twelve days of Christmas.

12 days of christmas

The first verse runs: On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The second verse: On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...2 Turtle DovesAnd a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The third verse begins to show some metrical variance, as explained below: On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...3 French Hens2 Turtle DovesAnd a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

...and so forth, until the last verse: 

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
11 Pipers 
 6 Geese-a-Laying 
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" as a Catechism Song
Gift Interpretation
A partridge in a pear tree Jesus
Two turtle doves The Old and New Testaments
Three French hens The three kings bearing gifts
Four calling [sic] birds The four Gospels
Five gold rings The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a-laying The six days of Creation
Seven swans a-swimming Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight maids a-milking The eight Beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten lords a-leaping The Ten Commandments
Eleven pipers piping The eleven faithful Apostles
Twelve drummers drumming The twelve points of the Apostles' Creed

Source: Wikipedia The Twelve Days of Christmas