…as one enters the tenth day of Christmas.
The ten lords represent the Ten Commandments
The ten lords a-leaping symbolize the Law of God – the Ten Commandments. It was not a leap to obey the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai for the Protestants, who were persecuting the Catholics of those times and countries, also believed in the Ten Commandments, but the reference to “lords” was in reference to the rich and powerful for they were the ones who could change the laws that governed persecution and curtailment of the Catholic Faith. Yet it was the “lords” who were lax in obeying God’s laws and Catholics wanted to remind their fellow Catholics that no matter how wealthy or spoiled the princes were, faith and perseverance was more important by reminding them of the law of ages. Remember also that only one Bishop resisted the King – St. John Fisher.
Given that the Ten Commandments were handed down on Mount Sinai here are 10 things you never knew about mountains
1. The world’s highest unclimbed mountain is the 24,981ft Gangkhar Puensum in Bhutan, which is the world’s 40th highest mountain.
2. There is no generally accepted definition for how tall a hill has to be to be called a mountain. Some regions say 1,000ft, others say 2,000ft.
3. The Ordnance Survey used to say 1,000ft, but they dropped that definition long ago.
4. Mount Kea in Hawaii is some 4,000ft taller than Everest if measured from its undersea base.
5. In 1999, GPS satellites showed that Everest was 7ft higher than had previously been thought.
6. Because of tectonic plate movement, Everest grows about 4mm a year.
7. Over 6,000 people have now climbed Everest including a 13-year-old American in 2010.
8. The first wedding at the summit was in 2005.
9. Scottish mountains over 3,000ft high are called Munros. British mountains and hills over 150 metres high are called Marilyns.
10. In 1974, a German team that had set out to climb Annapurna 4 was reported to have reached the top of Annapurna 2 by mistake.
This Aussie version has the true love giving 10 cork hats – said to be very practical for keeping the flies away. For me practical is spraying oneself with aerogard – does the job without getting hit in the eye with a cork! 😉