Friday, 21 December 2012
Earlier in our journey towards Christmas we had a contribution from the Twelve Days of Christmas in the form of a Partridge in a Pear Tree. We also had an Olympic torch as the centrepiece to another hut which focussed on the light of the world.
Tonight brought those two themes together as we celebrated Five Gold Rings, both from the song and from the Olympics.
As we mentioned on the 16th when this song appeared for the first time, it's thought that the twelve days of Christmas is a coded way to remember key facts about Christianity.
Five Gold Rings reminds us of first five books of the Bible, four calling birds are the four gospels, three French hens are for the Trinity, the wise men or faith hope and love (depending who you talk to), two turtle doves are the old and new testaments and the Partridge in a Pear Tree is Jesus on the cross.
You can find the full list of the meanings of this song here.
So we had golden rings aplenty tonight, all arranged in Olympic style in hut 225.
The next hut is 424 and will be the creation of Kirsty Tyler who has produced angel wings and a cardboard nativity in previous years. There may also be some live music, weather permitting.