The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known holiday carol, whose familiar verses and repetitions seem to conjure a jolly English holiday party. Yet some scholars think the lyrics hold deeper symbolic meaning and tell a coded story. Dr. Thomas Bernard will lead an historical exploration of the possible hidden meanings behind these verses. Please join Jones Library in the Woodbury Room of the Jones Library at 2:30 pm on Saturday, December 13, 2014.
Dr. Thomas Bernard is a professor emeritus of psychology at Springfield College. Having become intrigued by the lyrics of the carol, he began to research the words, their meanings, and the evolution of the song from its earliest manuscript. He is the author of a book on this project, The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Mystery and the Meaning, published by University Press Division of St. Charles Place.
Free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Janet Ryan at (413) 259-3223.