Friday, December 24, 2010

On the Sixth Day of Christmas...

my true love gave to me...

Six Geese a-Laying

One of the oldest domesticated birds and one of the post popular birds to eat on Christmas day during the 18th century, especially before turkey became so popular.

The goose was a symbol of the solar year and also fertility.

It is interesting to note that the geese given in this song were "laying", which means females laying eggs, and possibly not meant for table meat.  Goose eggs are very rich tasting, but are high in cholesterol, but those in 16th century wouldn't have known or cared about that.


  1. ...haha! This is awesome. I love your take on the Christmas song--very creative!!
    ...and a Merry Christmas to you!

  2. Your post made me smile. Thanks! Merry Christmas! By the way, at the king's table they also ate swans, but no one else did as all swans in the UK belong to the crown.