If you’ve ever needed sets of salad-sized, holiday-themed plates for entertaining during the holidays, you’re reading the right newsletter! Twelve Days of Christmas by 222 Fifth is a great holiday tableware pattern consisting of 12 salad plates, each featuring a portion of the lyrics to the holiday standard, “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” These gorgeous plates feature smooth edges and brightly colored designs on high-quality earthenware bodies, and will work in a wide range of holiday decors, including serving as perfect accent plates for most china, crystal, and flatware patterns. This month, while supplies last, we offer a set of 12 of these great accent plates.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
is a carol made popular in England during the seventeenth century. The carol tells the story of a group of grand gifts that are given by a lover on each of the twelve days between Christmas Day (December 25) and the Epiphany (January 6). While we are all familiar with the lyrics of this beloved carol, including how the person singing the song receives a “partridge in a pear tree,” what we don’t often think about is that the gifts are cumulative, meaning the recipient doesn’t receive just a partridge in a pear tree but 12 of them! By the end of the song, the person would have received a total of 12 partridges in pear trees, 22 turtle doves, 30 French hens, 36 calling birds, 40 gold rings, 42 geese, 42 swans, 40 maids, 36 ladies, 30 Lords, 22 pipers, and 12 drummers for a grand total of 364 gifts! Additional interesting trivia regarding this song concerns the fourth and fifth lines. In America the song is often sung, “Four calling birds,” when in fact, it was written as “Four colly birds,” which meant “black birds” at that time. The gold rings in the fifth verse are not actual pieces of jewelry but a reference to pheasants of the day that often had gold rings around their necks. This reference makes the fifth line consistent with the previous four, which all concern birds. Amaze your friends and family with your in-depth knowledge of this traditional holiday carol while you serve scrumptious cookies, pies, candies, cakes, salads, buffet meals and other goodies at holiday time from 12 plates in this delightfully fun pattern. To order this 12-piece set special, or to order individual plates in open stock, start at the link below.