The Twelve Days
Today is Christmas Day!
As believers and followers of Jesus, we celebrate this day as the day God became a man and dwelled among His people. Check out this fun video that some siblings made using legos to tell the story of Jesus’ birth.
December 25 is also the “First Day of Christmas” for those who like to continue the celebration through January 6. This day is called “The Day of Epiphany” which celebrates the adoration of the Magi who visited Jesus after his birth. They were lead from the East by a star placed in the heavens by God to announce the birth of Jesus to the world.
I came across some interesting information the other day that I had never heard of before. The article said that some people think the lyrics to “The 12 Days of Christmas” are coded references to Christianity and that the song was written to help Christians learn and pass on the tenets of their faith while avoiding persecution.
Whether or not this is true is debatable. I would like to think it is true. However it is a little difficult to go back and prove it. But I was curious about what each of the 12 days represented. Here is the list:
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = The three virtues Faith, Hope and Charity
4 Calling Birds = The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch,” which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = The six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
8 Maids A-milking = The eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = The Ten Commandments
11 Pipers Piping = The eleven faithful Apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed
The partridge in the pear tree, naturally, represents Jesus Christ.
As we move into a New Year and continue our study of the book of Acts, I think all of these aspects of Christianity are worthy knowing and remembering, whether you know them by the song or not.
We resume Sunday School on January 6. Hope to see you then! Be sure to check out this blog next week and we’ll look ahead to our next lesson!
Merry Christmas! Jesus is born! Noel!