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Friday, December 2, 2011

Feeling Christ in Christmas

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:
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





11 comments:

  1. Fascinating!! I had no idea and I went to a Catholic elementary school and my daughter had 12 years of Catholic school. Well, she might have learned it but I didn't. Must ask her. SO glad you shared this info. :)

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  2. About to check out your post over at Someone in Mind. Have a great Friday!

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

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  3. Wow that is so neat! I was just listening to this song yesterday and was wondering where it came from!

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  4. Very interesting! I'll have to share this with my family.

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  5. How is it that every time I visit here I learn something new?
    This is truly fabulous and I'll be sharing with Captain V and the Gifts.

    Happiest of happy days, am off to read your guest post pronto....

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  6. You are a very Special Lady thank you so much for the mention. Thank you always for sharing your special spirit with us and especially at this time of the year. I am always amazed when I discover particular meanings of sayings, some I have said so very often without really knowing their true meaning or origin. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  7. Oh wow I had NO idea behind the origins of that song! That is really cool to know, so thank you for educating us. :)

    PS. Off to check out your guest post! xoxo

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  8. This is a REAL "Gee Whiz"! How fascinating to know that! Now, if I can commit it to memory I will be able to think on those things as I sing/listen to that wonderful, fun Christmas Carol. I too learn something new nearly everytime I visit your blog, and you are MY daughter!!! How cool is that?

    Hugs
    Mother

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  9. Thought I'd stop by, and say hello! Congrats to your winner! Hope all is fine with you and enjoying the Christmas season. I love this time of year!

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  10. That's awesome. I love that song.
    Sandy

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  11. How cool, to see the true meaning!

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