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The 12 Days of Christmas – Part 2


This is a continuation of my previous post – A Post for Christmas – The 12 day Carol

From :Exploring the 12 Days of Christmas History and Life in the 18th Century


having discovered the History of A Partridge in A Pear Tree, we come to

Two Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves are a wild breed of European doves, similar to North American Mourning Doves. They would have been common in England and France during the spring, summer and fall as they migrated through to enjoy a warm winter in southern Africa. They have a long history of domestication by humans.

Doves carry a message of peace and hope, appropriate for the holiday season. Their symbolism transcends religious divisions: In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the dove was the messenger of revival to Noah on the ark in the Old Testament and the embodiment of the Holy Spirit descending on Christ at his baptism in the New Testament. In India, gods take the shape of doves. In Islam, Mohammed was attended by a spirit in the form of a dove.

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A Pair of Turtle Doves

In the U.S., doves and pigeons — the terms are used interchangeably, although sometimes there’s a suggestion of size, smaller birds being doves and larger ones pigeons — are very popular. Their small size puts them within reach of those who live in small homes or even apartments. Literally hundreds of colors and types of pigeons have been developed by fanciers. Stephen Green-Armytage has documented many of them in his photographs, Extraordinary Pigeons, http://www.abramsbooks.com. The gift of two Turtle Doves confers both the spiritual and the earthly virtues, their beauty reflecting their spiritual power.

In creating the American edition of Harrison Weir’s The Poultry Book in 1912, editors Willis Grant Johnson and George O. Brown decided to include a chapter on pigeons even though the English Weir had overlooked the species in the original. “There is an awakening of interest among fanciers for the fancy breeds, while squab-raising has become an important business in many sections,” they explain. They invited J.C. Long of New York to write the chapter, describing him as, “one of the oldest and best-known pigeon experts in the country.”

Part 3 – Three French Hens – will be the next post!

In the meantime, you might like to know that for ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ – well actually its 10 days – from Christmas Day, 25 December to 3 January – you will be able to buy any item in my ETSY SHOP (julzcraftsupplies) for 10% less than its normal price.  Why not have a look now and favourite the items you might be interested in, so that you can find them easily in the next few days – smile.