Christmas Blessings

 
A little enlightenment:
 
In the church, "Christmas" refers to a twelve day period that starts with Christmas day.  This is where "The Twelve Days of Christmas" comes from.  The world celebrates Christmas for twelve hours but the church celebrates it for twelve days because the gift of Christ is with us for twelve months of the year.
 
The Twelve Days of Christmas
 
1  The "partridge in a pear tree" was Jesus Christ who died on a tree as a gift from God.
 
2  The "two turtle doves" were the Old and New Testaments – another gift  from God.
 
3  The "three French hens" were faith, hope and love – the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (ICorinthians 13).
 
4  The "four calling birds" were the four Gospels which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
 
5  The "five golden rigs" were the first five books of the Bible also called the "Books of Moses."
 
6  The "six geese a-laying" were the six days of creation.
 
7  The "seven swans a swimming" were "seven gifts of the Holy Spirit."
 
8  The "eight maids a milking" were the eight beatitudes.  
 
9  The "nine ladies dancing" were nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)
 
10  The "ten lords a-leaping" were the Ten Commandments.
 
11  The "eleven pipers piping" were the eleven faithful disciples.
 
12  The "twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed.
 
 
Its so interesting to me to find out the meaning behind every day rhymes and such.
 
I wish you and yours safety and many blessings Christmas and always.  gail
 

14 responses to “Christmas Blessings

  1. The Twelve Days of Christmas was always one of mine and the kids favorites during the season. We all did very well except most of the time when we got to "eight maids of milking" – there was always silence after "eight… WE would look at each other to see what the eight was and laugh because no one remembered. By the time Christmas did come, we had it down pat once again. I don’t believe any of us knew the meaning. It will be nice to share it with the kids.I stopped by to wish you a Merry Christmas. Have a wonderful day!Deb

  2. DEar G, Popping by to wish you a truly special Christmas. I’ve been really really busy G. and so tired too. Anyway, we just had a very lovely CHristmas day, and now it’s night and time to hit the bed. Will write more when I get time. Blessings from all here, and much love to you.hugss….Hearts.

  3. Hello and Merry Christmas G and Himself and family~I hope that you are having a lovely day today. I am going home this weekend so I’m having a quiet day at home (and that is absolutely FINE by me). I am roasting some beef and it’s smelling wonderful!May all the blessings of the seasons embrace you especially!Love, Lori

  4. And P.S. I loved this 12 Days of Christmas entry. I did not know these extra things associated with the Christian faith. VERY NICELY DONE!

  5. Merry Christmas, beautiful G! I had Christmas dinner at a friend’s house and he made all the dinner ware to the Twelve Days of Christmas. Twelve plates and they were breathtaking. Speaking of breathtaking, you always make me take a deep breath after you leave those incredibly loving words on my space. I adore you!always…Julieann…always

  6. I had forgotten a couple of the meanings Gail. Thanks for the reminder. Hope you and family have a joyous and safe entrance into the new calendar year. Hope the bad weather has spared you from grief. Strange weather patterns are becoming more and more commonplace. Don’t know about you, but it surely gives me pause to reflect on the prophets.John

  7. Blessings to you Gail and your family. I learned something knew today. I never knew the meaning behind the 12 Days Of Christmas. :)We had a wonderful family Christmas and I am feeling Blessed.Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year! Hugs, Dianne 🙂

  8. I, too, thought it was just some random lyrics to an old song- but what a lovely message to carry through song. Thanks for sharing this & I hope you had a sweet & blessed Christmas, full of all the gifts 🙂

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