I'm really excited to be guest posting over at
about our family's best Christmas ever.
Please zip on over - it's an all-around amazing blog!
WINNER OF CHRISTMAS JARS & CHRISTMAS JARS:
Sandy at Sandy and the 1000 Paper Cranes!
I stole this idea from my sweet blog-friend, Special 'K'.
Christmas is just too exciting for me to take up any of my blogspace talking about anything else.
So a couple of things:
CANDY CANE POPCORN is delicious AND easy to make.
Pop the popcorn
Coat in white chocolate
sprinkle in crushed candy canes.
Next, have you ever wondered what 7 swans-a-swimmin or a partridge in a pear tree have to do with Christmas? I was visiting a friend this week when she shared the history of this song with me:
From 1558 until 1829 Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was JESUS CHRIST
-Two turtle doves were the OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS
-Three French Hens = FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY
-Four Calling Birds = MATTHEW, MARK, LUKE & JOHN the 4 Gospels
-Five Golden Rings = TORAH or LAW, the FIRST 5 BOOKS OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
-Six Geese a-Laying = 6 DAYS OF CREATION
-Seven Swans a-Swimming = SEVEN-FOLD GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
-Eight Maids a-Milking = 8 BEATITUDES
-Nine Ladies Dancing = 9 FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
-Ten Lords a-Leaping = 10 COMMANDMENTS
-Eleven Pipers Piping = 11 FAITHFUL DISCIPLES
-Twelve Drummers Drumming = 12 POINTS OF BELIEF IN THE APOSTLES' CREED