On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me… Seven Swans a Swimming.
The swan is a symbol of is grace, beauty, love, trust, and loyalty. In the same way as the turtle doves, they mate for life and that’s why we often see them in pairs. In the context of the Twelve Days of Christmas carol, they represent the spirit of God. The true love is giving of himself in the form of His spirit. The Holy Spirit in the Bible is referred to as comforter and helper. There is comfort to be found in knowing Jesus.
But the helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.John 14v26
Swans make a lovely gift like this washbag from a company called Babipur. They are a company that sell Eco-friendly products for kids and families and are definitely a good place to look for Eco-conscious gifts. They are committed to only choosing the best products with the environment in mind are are a supporter of FairTrade ethics.
I also bought lovely bamboo socks with a swan print that would go well with this gift. Bamboo is considered a sustainable material choice as it is fast growing and a bonus too is that the material has natural antibiotic properties. I have another blog post to write up about the uses of bamboo for another day on other bamboo products like tupperware and toothbrushes. For someone who likes swans, this could be put together in a little eco bundle. You could include something like a soap or a shampoo bar with the bag, check out my blog about Soaper Heros or perhaps select something from my series on Eco Make-up.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me…seven Swans a swimming, Six Geese a laying, Five Gold Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and A Partridge in a Pear Tree.