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December 14, 2012

The twelve days of Christmas is a well-known Christmas song.  For some people it is also a fun Christmas advent, a time to count down the days until Christmas.  For others it is a time to count the days after Christmas always ending on January 5th. Some recognize it as an ancient English carol used to allow Christians to openly celebrate their faith since they were not permitted to do so openly from 1558 until 1829.

My family celebrates it in a fun way with little treats in a bag or box to open each day. Some treats are crafts, some are snacks but all represent a Christmas memory or tradition in our family.  The next twelve posts will consist of ideas for you to use in your own fun way of creating a Christmas tradition.  Some ideas will be fun ways to decoratively package the gifts.  This one uses curling ribbon.

The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

The partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus Christ;The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments; The three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love; The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; The five golden rings represented the first five books of the Old Testament; The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation; Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit; The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes; Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit; The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments; The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles; The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.

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