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This familiar strain of an old New England fold song reflects some of the gaiety in the simple life of these pioneers. Although the New England colonists first settled on Massachusetts Bay nearly three centuries ago, you see reminders of them today in such treasures as "The Twelve Days of Christmas." It was once thought that the test of true love could be found in the number, variety and degree of difficulty in obtaining gifts for one another, which is the background of this holiday song.
"Sounds of Christmas,"
The Iowa Homemaker: Vol. 40
, Article 8.
Available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/homemaker/vol40/iss5/8