On the Twelfth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Twelve Drummers Drumming. We have reached the Twelfth Nigh of the Christmas Season. Tomorrow is the Epiphany of Our Lord, also knows as The Feast of Three Kings. In some parts of the world, children will fill there shoes with straw or hay and put the shoes outside in the hopes that the Magi take the straw for their camels and leave gifts for the children tucked inside the shoes. There was a time when giving gifts were not a part of the Christmas celebration. When you think about it, it makes sense since the gifts to the Christ Child came with the visit of the Magi.

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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Eleven Pipers Piping. Now we could think of these pipers as often depicted, playing flutes or other woodwind instruments. And while there is nothing wrong with thinking flute, the pipers are piping – calling attention to their message. Now I ask you, what draws attention better than bagpipes?

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On the Tenth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Ten Lords-a-Leaping. My love, my Lord, gave to me – to the entire human race – His Ten Commandments. Commandment sounds so stern – this is an order or else. The Commandments are not orders in a military sense, but they are guidelines, and straying does have its consequences. We have the most precious gift of all – free will. With that come choices and taking responsibility for our actions.

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On the Ninth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Nine Ladies Dancing. The Nine Ladies represent the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit – Charity (love for fellow human beings), Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faith (fidelity), Mildness (gentleness), and Contingency (self-control). As people of faith, we are taught that these attributes grow within a person or community living in accord with the Holy Spirit. These attributes are will worth cultivating. Let harmony define us.

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On the Eighth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Eight Maids-a-Milking. Eight Maids-a-Milking symbolize the Sermon on the Mound and the Beatitudes. The word Beatitude comes from the Latin Beatitudo, meaning blessedness. Each of the eight beatitudes imply a state of emotional well-being in a seemingly dark place. The Beatitudes are the key to achieving peace and contentment in a troubled world.

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Seven Swans-a-Swimming. The number seven represents the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit – Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation (Encouragement), Contribution, Leadership and Mercy. You need not take a vow of celibacy or stand at the pulpit to realize your spiritual gifts.

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Six Geese-a-Laying. These geese are actively creating as in laying eggs and bringing forth life. The key to the six geese can be found in the book of Genesis. It is the creation of the universe, commanding everything into existence from the empty void of nothing in six days.

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On the Fifth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Five Golden Rings. These priceless rings are the first five books of the Old Testament. In Christianity these books are known as The Pentateuch. In Judaism these books are the first part of the Torah.

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On the Fourth Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Four Calling Birds. Tradition holds that the Four Calling Birds are also known as the Four Gospels of the New Testament – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Gospels call us to follow our faith.

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On the Third Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Three French Hens. The three hens represent the three gifts of the Holy Spirit – Faith, Hope and the greatest of all, Love. Now the obvious choice for French Hens would have been a recipe for Coq Au Vin. Ha – too easy!

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On the Second Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me Two Turtle Doves. Doves are a symbol of peace. The two turtle doves are said to represent two aspects of faith; the Old and New Testaments bound together in a single book, The Holy Bible.

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On the First Day of Christmas

My true love gave to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree. In ancient times, a partridge was often used to represent a divinely sacred king. This gift is Christ, born on this Christmas Day. My True Love is God, who gave His children everything.

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