Favorite Horse - Hobby Horse
New for 2013, Inge-Glas' Favorite Horse Christmas Ornament - a delightful child's Hobby Horse - so often found in one form or another in all of our playrooms.
Immediately, the classic children's Nursery rhyme, Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross, comes to mind
Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse;
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
And she shall have music wherever she goes.
Interestingly, the word hobby derives
from the horse. In the middle ages a small, pony-like horse was called a "hobby." When horse back riding became a popular pastime (during the reign of Henry VIII
), the word "hobby" became associated with leisure activity. Children imitated riding a horse using the toy Hobby Horse, much like children of today have toy cars.
A wonderful ornament to hang on your tree as a memory of all the children in our lives.
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