8 maids a milking…

…on the eighth day of Christmas

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The milkmaids represent the 8 Beatitudes given by Jesus at the Sermon on the Mount.

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In the Aussie version the true love gives 8 meat pies with sauce…the great Australian dish that’s ridgy-didge, true blue and all that stuff – perfect for eating at the footy! 😉

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Remember Nuala and Gobnait? The eight day of Christmas was proving to be very trying for poor Gobnait…and his mother!

Nuala,
Who the hell do you think gave you the right to send eight, hefty maids-a-milking here, to eat us out of house and home ? Their cattle are all over the front lawn and have trampled the hell out of the mother’s rose-beds. The swans invaded the living-room in a sneak attack and the ensuing battle between them and the calling birds, turtle doves, French hens and partridge make the Battle of the Somme seem like Wanderly Wagon. The mother is on a bottle of whiskey a day, as well as the sixty grains of Valium. I’m very annoyed with you. Gobnait

Other famous milkmaids…

The Milkmaid, 1658 by Jan Vermeer

The Milk Maid, 1878 by Winslow Homer

In the Pasture by Julien Dupre

Milkmaid with Cows by Julien Dupre

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