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The Seventh Day Of Christmas – Seven Swans A-Swimming, Seven Gifts, and Spicy Clams Steamed In Beer

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“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven swans a-swimming.” – Frederic Austin

“Seven swans a-swimming” presumably symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. New Year’s Eve seems like a perfect time to enjoy these gifts, knowing a year of new challenges awaits.

In the Middle Ages, when people more regularly honored the twelve days of Christmas, their celebrations on this day involved games, friends, and feasting, much like today’s more modern New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Here’s a list of seven games you might try with your family and friends this New Year’s Eve:

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Photo by: Brodie Porterfield

For the meal, I decided to serve what swans like to eat rather than serving a swan. Typically, swans feast on found objects in the water like clams.

These fresh clams in a spicy broth with yellow rice, charred corn, fresh jalapeños, and tomatoes make for a perfect swan or human feast.

Enjoy!

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For The Rice:

For The Clams:

Toppings (optional) :

Instructions:

Photo by: Brodie Porterfield
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