I was provided a free press preview at the Dallas Arboretum to view the 12 Days of Christmas exhibit. All thoughts expressed are my own.
I have always associated Christmas with a Victorian Christmas. The formality of the time period just reminds me of Christmas. The Dallas Arboretum has captured that beautiful Victorian Christmas atmosphere through out the park with their 12 Days of Christmas display sponsored by Amegy Bank of Texas. These displays have been brought to life by the Dallas design team at Dallas Opera and Dallas Stage Scenery.
The 12 Days of Christmas at the Dallas Arboretum
They have set up small vignettes representing the 12 Days of Christmas. Each gazebo has Christmas themed music played while you stroll through the Dallas Arboretum’s landscape. Each one is individually decorated and crafted to represent each of the 12 Days of Christmas. It is fun to watch each display move.
A Few Interesting Things
The cows in the 8 Maids a Milking display are refurbished Chick-fil-A cows. The Five Golden Rings was crafted with a circus theme in mind. There is a polar bear in the middle with 4 seals all twirling golden rings on their noses. I loved this wonderful Victorian display on the familiar Christmas song. Pictured above are the two turtle doves display.
Here is a list of what the 12 Days of Christmas are supposed to represent:
1 Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed
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This event can be viewed starting on Nov. 16th and will remain on display until Jan. 4th. It will be a new great tradition to share with all families this holiday season. We can’t wait to go back with our kids to enjoy the Dallas Arboretum and the 12 Days of Christmas displays this year. See all the wonderful holiday events going on at the Dallas Arboretum this season to make lasting memories with your family. Follow my Pinterest board for more fun things to do in Dallas.
Have you been to the Dallas Arboretum?