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December 30, 2022

Hudson Grande Senior Living’s Culinary Brings “The Twelve Days of Christmas” to the Table

Category: Senior Living

Author: Nick Stromack, Culinary Director

Did you know “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is quite a unique song? Besides the fact the singer’s true love gives a lot of very bird-heavy gifts, it has a long and interesting history. The first written documentation of the song was in an English children’s book from 1780 titled Mirth With-Out Mischief and the lyrics were a bit different than they are now. For instance, it originally was Four Colly Birds, not Four Calling Birds. A colly is old English slang for blackbird. It wasn’t until 1909 when Frederic Austin penned the lyrics that we’re all familiar with and the song took on its more permanent version.

At Hudson Grande Senior Living, we are excited to celebrate “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and look forward to honoring the song through our unique takes on food. It’s a great opportunity to get creative and turn classic recipes on their heads! This is the second year we will be pairing food items with the song. We start on Christmas Day by incorporating pears into our menus to represent the Partridge in a Pear Tree and finish on January 5th by presenting unique breadsticks that represent the Twelve Drummers Drumming.

We are most excited about the first day and a Partridge in a Pear Tree, easily the largest meaning of the song. As it represents the first day of Christmas, we look forward to celebrating Jesus. The Partridge in a Pear Tree represents Jesus, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on the first day of Christmas. Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge, the only bird that will die to protect its young.

Our menu item for the day will be a honey pear en croute. A delicious slow roasted pear marinated with fresh local honey that will be wrapped in puff pastry and baked golden brown. Pears represent longevity, justice, strength, salvation, and fruitfulness. We wanted to showcase a pear in the best and tastiest way we know how!

As the Culinary Director, I’m proud of these offerings and excited to share them! So, consider this my personal invitation for you to stop by on any of the days to give my specials a try.

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