Dec 14 2010

Happy Birthday Jesus

Dec 13 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas

From the book The ADVENTure of Chrsitmas (Helping Children Find Jesus in our Holiday Traditions) by Lisa Whelchel.

I know you've heard of Christmas cookies and Christmas carols, but have you ever heard of the Christmas code?  It just may be that the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is really about more than partridges and golden rings.

 

For nearly three hundred years, it was against the law in England to be a member of the Catholic church.  Well, that didn't keep Catholic parents from wanting to teach their children about God, but in order to do so they had to be creative.

And here is where we leave the world of certain history and move into the misty realm of legends.  As the story goes, several of these concerned parents got together and wrote "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  They used a secret code hidden in the song to teach their children about the things of God.  Let me crack the code for you!

"My true love" represents God, who gives all the gifts listed in the song.

"A partridge in a pear tree" is Jesus, who gave His life on a tree (the cross).

"Two turtle doves" symbolize the Old and New Testaments.

"Three French hens" are faith, hope, and love.

"Four calling birds" speak of the four Gospels:  Matthew, Mark, Luke , and John.

"Five golden rings" correspond to the first five books of the Bible, also known as the Pentateuch.

"Six geese a-laying" stand for the six days of creation.

"Seven swans a-swimming" are the seven gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:6-8).

"Eight maids a-milking" point to the eight beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10).

"Nine ladies dancing" signify the nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

"Ten lords a-leaping" represent the Ten Commandments.

"Eleven pipers piping" are the eleven faithful disciples.  And finally...

"Twelve drummers drumming" call to mind the twelve points of the Apostle's Creed.

Learning this song would help the children remember some important facts about Christianity.  Best of all, they could sing it publicly!  When they did, they declared their allegiance to the King of kings.

Dec 12 2010

Advice - Be patient with your (annoying) relatives.

From Matthew West’s book Give This Christmas Away

  

Everybody’s got ‘em.  I’m sure if I asked you, you could quickly rattle off the name of a relative who tends to outstay his or her welcome over the holidays.  The movie Elf nails one of the classic depictions of dysfunctional family visits during the holidays.  The main character, Buddy, was raised as an elf at the North Pole—a six-foot-tall elf dressed in green with bright yellow tights.  He is searching for his real family in New York City, and when he finds them, well, let’s just say that the family isn’t quite as thrilled as he is.  Buddy has nothing but love for his new family, and he means well.  So do your relatives. 

 

Go out of your way to show love to a particular relative whom you have a hard time getting along with.  Chances are, they will respond in a positive way.  And pray for an extra dose of patience when dealing with our family this Christmas.  Just hope they don’t show up at your house in yellow tights.

 

Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Ephesians 4:2

 

Dec 10 2010

Give This Christmas Away