Thursday, December 22, 2005

My 12 Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, I gave a partridge in a pear tree:
Be true to yourself, know who you are and that you are worthy

On the second day of Christmas, I gave two turtle doves:
Loving another is a gift with no boundries

On the third day of Christmas, I gave three French hens:
Faith in ourselves, hope for the future and charity to others

On the fourth day of Christmas, I gave four calling birds:
Reach out to others, tell your story, listen to theirs

On the fifth day of Christmas, I gave five golden rings:
You are not perfect, others are not perfect, accept imperfection

On the sixth day of Christmas, I gave six geese a-laying:
The universe is awe inspiring, take a look

On the seventh day of Christmas, I gave seven swans a-swimming:
Goals worth striving for: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety.

On the eighth day of Christmas, I gave eight maids a-milking:
There are others less fortunate, one of our purposes to to help them

On the ninth day of Christmas, I gave nine ladies dancing:
When we live life fully, others see: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control

On the tenth day of Christmas, I gave ten lords a-leaping:
Respect for yourself and others is earned by doing the right things

On the eleventh day of Christmas, I gave eleven pipers piping:
Good people make good friends make life good

On the twelfth day of Christmas, I gave twelve drummers drumming:
Faith is an acknowledgement that we do not, and can not know it all, there is more to life than what we see

For those of you that take a perverse pride in reading my posts (you are NOT agnostic) you may be surprised by some or all of what you read here...however, I wondered...what do the gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas mean:

A partridge in a pear tree: True Love refers to God

Two turtle doves: refers to the Old and New Testaments

Three French hens: refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

Four calling birds: Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

Five golden rings: refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.

Six geese a-laying: refers to the six days of creation

Seven swans a-swimming: refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

Eight maids a-milking: refers to the eight beatitudes

Nine ladies dancing: refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten lords a-leaping: refers to the ten commandments

Eleven pipers piping: refers to the eleven faithful apostles

Twelve drummers drumming: refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

If you do not know what the Fruits, gifts, beattitudes or the Apostle's Creed are, they are easily googled...

Finally, as I have just formulated the above, I intend to post here during the course of the next year what I did on the Day of Christmas each month to honor that day. I intend to act on the first Tuesday of each may ask why the first Tuesday....simple 1st 2uesday 12....corny I know..

Oh...this years 'cost' for the 12 days of gifts: $18,348.87
source: PNC Christmas Price Index


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