Today is 12-12, hence the subject of today’s Blog, the 12 Days of Christmas.
As we all know, the Christmas season has gone through some drastic changes over the last decade. This year, stores were selling Christmas decorations before Halloween, we began hearing the sounds of Christmas on the radio in early November, began shopping on Thanksgiving Day and as far as most of us are concerned it will be all over on December 26th. So during this two month timeframe, when do the 12 days of Christmas arrive?
Surprisingly, 12 days of Christmas begin on December 25 and have very little to do with jewelry, farm animals, musicians and stable hands. There is actually a quite deeper meaning.
Many believe that the song “12 Days of Christmas” was created as early as the 16th Century. In England, from 1558 to 1829, Roman Catholics were not permitted to practice their faith openly so they created a code to worship in secret. The following lyrics were translated:
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus.
Two turtle doves were the old and new testaments.
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds symbolized the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The five golden rings stood for the Torah or the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese of laying represented the six days of creation.
The seven swans-a-swimming stood for the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit.
The eight maids-a-milking symbolized the eight beatitudes.
The nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness and self-control.
The ten lords-a-leaping stood for the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping represented the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of the Apostle’s Creed.
By celebrating the 12 days of Christmas from Christmas Day to January 6, we are able to reflect on the true reason for the season.
This year, let’s all set a goal to keep the spirit of Christmas alive in more than just December. Let’s remember to count
our blessings and share the peace and love of the season with others throughout 2014.
Remember, for those on your list that are hard to buy for, make a donation in their honor to Lions Pride, before December 19th, we will send a personalized Christmas Card to notify them of your gift. Click here to make your online donation and just enter the recipient’s address in the comments box or mail in your donation and include a note with their address.
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