my true love gave to me,
twelve lords a-leaping.
At first I considered the Lords of the Dance.
Like the Nicholas Brothers, or Russ Tamblyn in “West Side Story”.
But then I thought of my darling children and their shining faces on the twelfth day of Christmas, and knew it had to be marvelous, incredible leaping Lipizzaners
For more about Lipizzaner horses, Laura recommends:
Album of Horses, also by Marguerite Henry
The 1963 movie “Miracle of the White Stallions”
and for your own wee riding school, Schleich’s Lipizzan horse family
And to all a goodnight.
With that, folks, Christmas is officially over at Farm School as of tomorrow and if I have the energy — after the 12 days of Christmas, this recent blogging spurt, and the Cybils (short list to be announced Sunday, which I’ll post here after swilling my coffee) — the tree will be “planted” in a snowbank outside and the decorations returned to their boxes.