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"The Twelve Days of Christmas"

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Story

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One English Christmas carol well-known worldwide today is more than a repetitious tune with pretty phrases and strange gifts "The twelve days of Christmas" is a song with different levels of meaning.

From 1558 to 1829, the Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. During this period "The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written in England as a catechism song for young Catholics. The hidden meanings of the songs gifts were intended to help children remember lessons of their faith. Instead of referring to an earthly suitor, the "true love" mentioned in the song refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents is symbolic of every baptized person. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings.

The meaning of other symbols are:

Two Turtle Doves - the Old and New Testaments

Three French Hens - Faith, Hope, and Charity

Four Calling Birds - the four Gospels

Five Golden Rings - the first five books of the Old Testament,
which give the history of man's fall from grace.

Six Geese A-Laying - the six days of creation

Seven Swans A-Swimming - the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

Eight Maids a-Milking - the eight Beatitudes

Nine Ladies Dancing - the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

Ten Lords A-Leaping - the Ten Commandments.

Eleven Pipers Piping - the eleven faithful disciples

Twelve Drummers Drumming - the Twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed

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How thankful we can be, to be able to worship our Lord

Jesus Christ and read His Word, openly!

Animation Trail Weekly Illustrated Bible Studies and Devotions

The Kid Cave Critters celebrate Christmas in a special way.

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Christmas with the CRITTERS

C — The CHRIST CHILD is born!
RREJOICE with the Angels!
I INVITE JESUS into your heart!
T TASTE the fruit of GOD's SPIRIT!
TTELL others about the baby JESUS!
E ENTER God's presence with Thanksgiving!
RREMEMBER, JESUS is the REASON for the Season!
S SING about the SAVIOR of the World!

Be sure to visit the Animation Trail and Teen Trails

Bible Studies and Devotions relating to Christmas

Charting the Course and , Star Light, Star Bright for kids

Charting the Course and, Star Light, Star Bright for teens

Jesus Foretold by the Prophets

His Name (What's in the Name?)

THE NAME, above all names!

Where can I begin to know Him better!

His Name! Relationship!

To Know Jesus, and have an intimate personal relationship with Him

His Name (What Did Jesus Do?)

Discover His plan and Enter into His Rest!


Devotional for the Grown Ups from Cherbear

Hebrews 12:2
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame,
and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

Developing a growing Faith in His Name (Devotions of Faith).

May "Christ" be the Center of your Christmas!

© 1999 Cherbear

Christmas Pudding!

    2 cups of Friendship
    4 cups of Love
    2 cups of Forgiveness
    3 cups of Loyalty
    3 spoons of Tenderness
    5 spoons of Hope
    6 quarts of Faith
    2 barrels of Laughter
These "Nuts" all Praise God for the Gift of His Son and for His Resurrection!
In remembrance of His ascension into the clouds and
In place of the whipped topping and the cherry....
Just add More Jesus!

When We Seek / We Will Find

Immanuel, God with us / Jesus, God is Salvation

Christian Family Devotional



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