Christmas is not a just day. Instead, it is a 12 day celebration that begins (in some traditions) on December 25th and continues for 12 days (until January 6th). As a reminder, we have the 12 Days of Christmas carol.
For each of the 12 days of Christmas, I will be posting one event / person from my genealogical research that relates (sometimes in a rather convoluted way) to the particular gift of that day in The 12 Days of Christmas. If you wish to peruse the entire schedule, check previous posts for Days 1-6 and Days 7 – 12.
Dec. 30 – Five Golden Rings. (Day 5)
We immediately think of jewelry, but the original intent of the song was to continue the focus on birds. Therefore we have golden ring-neck pheasants in this days gift. Pheasants have been called a very distinctive and colorful species. Today, post a photo of a well-dressed, distinctive, colorful ancestor. (Yes, black and white, or sepia photos are very acceptable. Color can be more a matter of mind than of vision.
As I look through the pictures I have of my ancestors, I have come to the realization that the last couple of generations have a lot of snapshots, but not so many formally posed photographs. I have two pictures – my Dad, Donald George Brenner (1912 – 1990), and my great-grandaunt, Grace Brenner (1864 – 1960) – that I will post without further comment.