These cards depict my humorous take on the traditional Christmas song where I challenged myself to fit each of the twelve presents given by ‘my true love’ into a square lino cut print. This became increasingly challenging as the presents mounted up. One partridge was simple sitting in it's pear tree, two turtle doves as well, in fact all the way up to eight maids a milking which was the biggest challenge.
How to fit all eight maids and their cows in? They must have their cows or they would not be milking - as you can see I came up with a genius solution!
Each card is available individually or as a set of 12 (two free), they come with a plain white envelope and protective wrap
After finishing all 12 prints I made a Christmas tea towel which has been a consistent seasonal best seller for the last few years. This year I have added an apron, a double oven glove and wrapping paper to the collection.
Perfect cards for lovers of a traditional Christmas and a bit of a festive singsong
The Origins of the Design;
'The Twelve Days of Christmas' is a traditional Christmas song first published in England in 1780 but thought to be of French origin. It is a cumulative song where each verse builds on top of the previous. As the verses accumulate, so do the gifts; by the end of the twelve days the true love would have received 12 partridges, 12 pear trees, 22 doves, 30 French hens, 36 colly birds, 40 gold rings, 42 geese, 42 swans, 40 maids, 40 cows, 36 ladies, 30 lords, 22 pipers and 12 drummers! I have used the original ‘colly’ birds which is a traditional name for black birds rather than the often-sung modern version of ‘calling’ birds.
These cards also come as part of a gift set