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The ADVENTure of Christmas
From the book The ADVENTure of Christmas (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.
Money Saving Mom
I met Crystal Paine yesterday and now I want everyone to know her!
Over the past month, she’s had over a million hits on her website. That’s a lot of money saving tips!! She told me that she once paid $17 for her groceries for a month!
She also shared with me her deep love for Christ. Here’s a link to learn more about her passion for helping us live within our means and have plenty of money left over to help others.
Operation Christmas Child
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Click here to start on the journey with a simple shoebox…
Jesus will meet your need
This is a picture of me on a bus in Panama in the Spring of 2011. If you click on the picture, you can connect to a blog for MomLife Today where I’ll tell you what I feel like God told me on that bus.
If you are facing a big decision or change, I may have written this blog for you…
If you read a blog regularly, what is it? Where is it? Click on this link to post your favorite blog on my blog. In the midst of our busy life schedules, reading poignant or insightful words from someone who is on a similar journey can be deeply encouraging. I’d love to know what you read… hugs, Lis
Helping you help your kids process tough stuff
It’s been a rough week where I live in Denver, Colorado. A beautiful little girl is gone – and now we are all trying to figure out “why” as well as help our children understand the difficulties and dangers in this life - all the while also trying to keep them from being afraid. One of the pastors from church sent out a letter with some good resources on communicating difficult things to your children and how to discuss safety vs fear. The letter and the accompaning articles are availabe on my blog, which you can access by clicking here - I put the letter and links there for you:) Much love – Lisa
The Birthday Project
Nancy Fitzpatrick is a devoted listener to the Z. She’s the first one who told me about The Birthday Project, a movement that her daughter Robyn started because of the incredible response to a blog she posted on her 38th birthday. I LOVE IT – and this Thursday, when I turn 44 on the 4th, my sons and I are going to bless at least 44 people in Denver with gifts, acts of kindness, cupcakes, books, and whatever else we dream up:)
Would you join me Thursday? Instead of cards, gifts, or cake to celebrate my special day, knowing you were doing something kind that day for someone unexpecting – that would MAKE MY DAY!!! Here’s my personal blog where you can leave comments if you do something Thursday. I’m hoping for at least 44 friends to post…
much love – Lis
September 2012 is finally here!
For some of us, it’s just another month. BUT FOR OTHERS? They’ve been anticipating September 2012 with their whole heart. Click here to share your September 2012 story – and/or to read the stories of others who have been waiting for this month – maybe for their whole life…