Merry Christmas Everyone!
All the gifts have been opened, the leftovers were put away, and some of us, today, have spent hours at the stores for more Shopping!!!
During the month of December ads were using the 12 Days of Christmas for selling points....news medias were using it show off Christmas light displays......TV stations were using it for special holiday programming.....but I think, sometimes, we forget that there was a real meaning for the 12 Days of Christmas and that they were and are from Dec 25th-Jan 6th.....
From 1558-1829 it was illegal to be a priest or practicing Catholic in the English Realm or it's colonies....which covered pretty much of the all the known world..... you can guess what the punishment was.....During this time an anonymous song writer created 'The 12 Days of Christmas' for Religious to teach the precepts of the Catholic Faith, but is the foundation of all Christianity.....
2 turtle doves- Old and New Testaments
3 French hens- faith, hope, and love.
4 calling birds- the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
5 golden rings- first five books of the Old Testament
6 geese a-laying- six days of creation.
7 swans a-swimming - the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
8 maids a-milking- the eight beatitudes.
9 ladies dancing- the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience Goodness, Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Chastity.
10 lords a-leaping- the Ten Commandments.
11 pipers piping- the eleven faithful Apostles.
12 drummers drumming- symbolized the twelve points of The Apostles' Creed.
Found at CNA
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