Dec 16 2010

The Christmas Carol Game

Can you guess the Christmas carols from the clues below?  You may need some help from someone in your life with a big vocabulary:)  To find the answer key, click on the comments link above.  Have fun!

1. Felicitations for the Season

2. Sterling Carillon

3. Circuitous gambol of Festive Conifer

4. Awesome hibernal acreage

5. Altitudinous celestials acclaim

6. Senior flattened by cloven aviator

7. Covert observation of matriarch's scandalous osculation

8. Petite birthplace

9. Sprightly venerable benefactor

10. Allegiants proceed

11. Enquiry of mutual auditory perception

12. Hushed darkness

13. Noel - envisage blanched

14. Inaugural Yule

15. Royal Eastern trio

16. Planetary jubilance

17. Theurgical cool guy

18. Matchless season

19. Full-grown enumeration of holiday hopes

20. Commencement of Yuletide complexion

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Dec 15 2010

Advice - Love your enemies

 From Matthew West's book GIVE THIS CHRISTMAS AWAY...

It's easy to give gifts at Christmas to the ones you love, isn't it?  I would imagine that the people who are on your Christmas shopping list are people whom you are quite fond of.  How about enemies?  Got any of those on your list this Christmas?  Most people aren't racing to the stores to buy a gift for that special arch nemesis in their lives.  Does someone come to mind who would be completely shocked to receive a gift or a card from you this Christmas?

Well, what if you did it?

What if you shocked that enemy of yours by taking the first step?  Even if it seems like it's too big a step to actually give gifts to our enemies, we are still called to pray for them.  That is something we can all stand to be reminded of.  I know that's not my first instinct when I think of someone who has hurt me.  Love your enemies.  We learned the lesson in Sunday school.  Consider this a little refresher course.

You have heard the law, that says, "Love your neighbor" and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies!  Pray for those who persecute you!  In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.  Matthew 4:43-45

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.