My Twelve Days of Christmas #10

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to meTen lords a-leapingNine ladies dancingEight maids a-milkingSeven swans a-swimmingSix geese a-layingFive gold rings (five golden rings)Four calling birdsThree French hensTwo turtledovesAnd a partridge in a pear tree

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January – also known as Twelfth Night. The Twelve Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration. I may not have a partridge or a pear tree, but I have selected 12 photos from December / January to get me through this period.

Bright red berries of a Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’


  1. margaret21 says:

    Oh yes! An almost-final-fling for the Christmas season.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I thought these were leaping, sort of… and ignoring the one in the background there are 10! Serendipity. Again.

  2. eklastic says:

    They look so juicy! (I know they are not edible.) My 11th is rather dull, colourwise:

    1. Heyjude says:

      Even birds seem to ignore them, though I have seen a robin attempting a nibble.

  3. Such a vibrant colour!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They keep these red berries all year round, very welcome at this time of year.

  4. beetleypete says:

    Gorgeous berry photo, Jude. As we didn’t have our Christmas until the First of January, I think we may be extending the 12-day allowance.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      You could copy the late Queen’s example and keep some decorations up until Candlemas which is 2 Feb. January can feel discouragingly dark and dreary, a month to endure rather than enjoy.

  5. Perfect Christmas colours.

  6. Ann Mackay says:

    Beautiful berries – very Christmassy!

  7. Cathy says:

    Aren’t they such a glorious shade of red, Jude? I have berries on one of my Skimmias (must check which it is, a female partner for Kew Green), which always remind me of the red cherry Christmas lights I have just taken down

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have the common Rubella (m) and bought two females, one was supposed to be the one with white berries, ‘Kew White’ but they both turned out to be Nymans πŸ˜• Kew Green does look very attractive.

      1. Cathy says:

        When I was commenting I did Google to check, as I thought I had both Kew White and Kew Green – I checked in daylight and the berries are on Kew White!! I checked back and I bought it from Crocus in March 2019 so I have emailed and basically asked them to replace it with the correct plant, which hopefully they will do…

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