Monday, 2 December 2013

The Mini Christmas Swap is imminent!

Season's Greetings my friends,

Well I have almost completed another twin pushchair in pink but more importantly this month is December and I am about to do a mini Christmas swap!  My lovely friend Virginia of Ginnysminis Miniknits and I have created 12 mini gifts for each other to be opened up over the 12 days of Christmas which will start on Christmas day.  I have no idea what Ginny has created for me and likewise she has no clue as to what I have made as we've managed to avoid the subject and keep our ideas close to our hearts.  We have yet to set a swap date but it will be closer to Christmas so I don't get tempted to peek lol.  I'll let you know when we've set a date and once we've swapped mini gifts we'll keep you all updated on the their opening so watch this space and don't forget to join Virginia's blog too so that you can see her opening her mini gifts too. 
Now for a little history on the twelve days and the song...

From 1558 - 1829 the practice of Catholicism was outlawed in England and it is said that the song we all know and love (and forget the last few lines of lol) was created to stealthily teach young Catholics the tenets of their faith as each gift represented a truth of the faith.   Below is a list of the gifts and their interpretation:

1 partridge in a pear tree = Jesus Christ, the Son of God
2 turtledoves = the Old and New Testaments
3 French hens = the theological virtues of faith, hope, and charity
4 calling birds = the four gospels and/or the four evangelists (Matthew,MarkLuke, and John)
5 golden rings = the first five books of the Old Testament
6 geese a-laying = the six days of creation
7 swans a-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and/or the seven sacraments
8 maids a-milking = the Eight Beatitudes
9 ladies dancing = the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 lords a-leaping = the Ten Commandments
11 pipers piping = the 11 faithful disciples (minus Judas, who betrayed Christ)
12 drummers drumming = the 12 points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed

I love a bit of history!

Now for some mini pictures, here are a couple of Virginia's mini makes...

this is the cutest fairy ever!! 

Ginny made these two tiny cardigans for me they are just divine!

Hopefully next week I'll have a pic of my latest twin pushchair for you and then closer to Christmas I'll be posting all about the mini Christmas swap (don't miss it) and after all the festivities have died down next year I intend to do a few little tutorials for you.

So till next time, big mini hugs

Gill x


  1. Hello Gill,
    That was really interesting bit of information. Have fun with the swap and thank you for introducing Virginia to us...her work is beautiful.
    Big hug,

  2. Hello from Spain: great. Keep in touch