On the Ninth Day of Christmas

On the Ninth Day of Christmas...Nine Ladies Dancing

The nine ladies dancing evokes images of music and dancing which were a big part of the celebrations at this period of history in England.

The term ladies probably refers to noble ladies as in a Lord and his Lady or a lady in waiting (highborn ladies who waited on the queen at court – not servant women).

In this case ladies would be women dancing socially and not professional entertainers. For the most part women were not entertainers in this era so it is unlikely that this refers to a troupe of dancing women.

Another interpretation of the nine ladies dancing would be high born ladies dancing for the entertainment of the men much as people today will often provide impromptu entertainment at parties and other social gatherings.

Again, the emphasis is on celebrating and having fun during this nearly two weeks of non-stop nightly partying.

Nine Ladies Dancing

© 2006 Chuck Nugent

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Chuck 9 years ago from Tucson, Arizona Author

Patty Inglish, MS - thanks for your comment. Last year I published separate hubs for each of the 12 days in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. Since they were not published consecutively, I included the entire song with links to the hubs for each of the verses at the end of each day's article. You can click on the links to get all of the 12 days.

I didn't have time to publish hubs on Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras last year but may get to that this year. I did, however, publish a hub on Candlemas http://hubpages.com/holidays/Candlemas_The_End_of_... which falls 40 days after Christmas and is the official end of the religious Christmas season, and a hub about Groundhog Day http://hubpages.com/holidays/The_Origin_of_Groundh... which, strange as it may seem, is related to Christmas.

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Patty Inglish, MS 9 years ago from North America

These have been a lot of fun, Chuck. Will you go right thorugh 12th Night and the approach to Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras? Too much maybe, but your hubs are definitely A1 with me!

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