The Mission: Impossible theme tune has five beats to the bar.  This rather unusual time signature plays a large role in its distinctive rhythm.  My ‘fifth day of Christmas’ mirrored this, starting out with my own mission: impossible (buying a car, which was increasingly stressing me out as I felt I was going round and round in circles with it all) and gradually developing its own rhythm in which the number five was central. 

1) Visited five car garages

2) Made five phone calls

3) Five items of post received

4) Knitted five coloured stripes on the scarves I’m making

5) Fives Cadbury’s Roses

Out of the five fives listed, I went with Roses for the song as I think these chocolates are a central part of my Christmas experience – as regular readers may have gathered from the numerous references to (and photographs of) them littered throughout December posts.  Roses are a Christmas ritual in my family, with my mum and I taking great delight every year in opening a tin (well, often more than one tin over the course of the festive season!) and burying our heads in the contents.  That smell is the smell of Christmas for me and I am glad to be able to give it such a prominent position in my own Twelve Days of Christmas…

On the fifth day of Christmas my own way was to be fives Ro-o-ses, four simple pleasures, three finished parcels, two children’s gifts and a morning of charity.

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