On the Twelfth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…

Have you ever tallied up just how much stuff you’d have after 12 days of receiving gifts from your true love, if the gift giving matched exactly that famed carol?

Let’s run it down quickly:

  • 12 partridges in pear trees
  • 22 turtle doves
  • 30 French hens
  • 36 calling birds
  • 40 golden rings
  • 42 geese a-laying
  • 42 swans a-swimming
  • 40 maids a-milking
  • 36 ladies dancing
  • 30 lords a-leaping
  • 22 pipers piping
  • 12 drummers drumming

The grand total is 364 gifts, 140 of which are people. (Heh, and you thought Christmas materialism was a recent thing…)

It’s difficult to believe ((Okay, I don’t really consider Catholic.org a reliable source, and this comes off as very revisionist; an unbiased history of the song would be great if you have one to share.)) that the partridge in a pear tree is supposed to represent Jesus Christ when there are fully twelve of them given in the song, whereas Jesus was sacrificed once for all time. (However, that site does claim it to be a Catholic catechismal thing, so I suppose it could be tied into the supposed repeated sacrifices of Christ made anytime a priest blesses the elements of the Mass.)

At this point, I’m a little wearied of the song anyway, and have appreciated the radio station at work mixing things up a bit with variations such as “The Eight Polish Foods of Christmas”; and if that isn’t up your alley, try out The 12 Days of Theology.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

A Naked Revelation

TruthMy entire life — at least as far back as I can remember, obviously — I have pronounced the word “naked” as “NEKkid.”

Turns out it’s supposed to be pronounced “NAYkid.”

It feels very peculiar to pronounce it that way, though I will try to be conscious of how I’m pronouncing the word in the future.

2008 Presidential Primaries — Are You Ready?

The 2008 Presidential Primaries are rapidly approaching. For those states which have closed Primaries, party-changing deadlines are approaching even more rapidly (or have already passed).

I Heart Ron Paul

You can find a schedule of the primaries, caucuses, registration deadlines, and party-change deadlines on Ron Paul’s campaign site.

As my dad pointed out at the Christmas gathering yesterday at his house, the primaries are when you really have a choice.

And because voter turnout for primaries is so much lower than on Election Day, your choice will be that much more valuable.

Write in your candidate-of-choice if you have to, but get out there and vote!

AOL News Straw Poll

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Running through January 4th, AOL News currently features a Presidential campaign straw poll that you can take part in!

Currently in the lead by just over 5,000 votes is our future President, Dr. Ron Paul. Second place belongs to Mayor Giuliani. Those are among the Republican candidates, of course. On the Democratic side, Hilary Clinton is in a frightening overall lead with ~10,000 more votes than Dr. Paul. Obama is slightly behind Paul, trailing by a meager 100 votes or so.

I’m glad to see Dr. Paul continuing to enjoy great success in the online polls; whether that translates into success in the upcoming primaries and caucuses remains to be seen.

At the very least, what success he is enjoying is showing that there are a great many people in America who are ready for a change, a shift toward the America prescribed in the Constitution, of limited federal government — by, of, and for the people — and more authority being given back to local & state level governments where it belongs & where it will better represent the people it is being governed.

Go, vote. And when the primaries roll around, write Ron Paul in if you have to!

Hat tip: Justin