Thursday, December 29, 2011
It's still Christmas at our house!
In our tradition, the liturgical calendar marks the twelve days of Christmas beginning on December 25th and ending on January 5th. Christmas is a season for us -- beginning the day we celebrate our Lord's birth and ending when the three kings arrive at His birthplace when we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany.
The "deeper meaning" of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas is a myth which has been propagated since the mid 1980s. There is no evidence that its origins were from the 16th century split by the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church. For a time, it was a crime to be Roman Catholic in England. During that interval, it was thought that this song was used as a way to teach young Roman Catholic children the catechism. Truth be told, there is no scholarly evidence to support this myth as fact.
Anyway, here are what the 12 gifts were thought to symbolize:
The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit - Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
A meaningful story perhaps but nothing factual to back it up but I still like it!
I'm linking to The Nativity Carnival hosted by Kerry, A Ten O'Clock Scholar
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The cookies (12 varieties) are done
The trees (6 large, 5 small) are decorated
The house is full of holiday cheer
Most (six) of my creches are displayed
Not a single gift wrapped
....and I have a nasty cold
Nothing can steal my joy!
I"m linking to Holiday Haven's Christmas Party
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This is the tree in my office
During the day
Unadorned it is quite the pathetic tree
But by looking closely you can see its beauty
It is filled with vintage ornaments
Gifted to me by my in-laws
The more worn they look
The more beauty I see
I wrap the gifts while gazing upon this tree
And it makes the task pleasurable
Sunday, December 18, 2011
As much as I love Christmas, I really don't have many Santas
But I fell in love with this Santa
His face doesn't have much of an expression
except for a far off look
anticipating cookies and milk?
Time to send off those last minute letters!
I'm linking to Sundays with Santa
Hosted by Yuletide Seasonings
Saturday, December 17, 2011
If my house has a theme...
Angels on the walls
Angels on the window sill
Angels on the trees
Friday, December 16, 2011
Do you use poinsettias as a part of your Christmas decorations?
These poinsettias greet people when they arrive at my house
Fake because I kill all live plants with my black thumb
They also grace my Christmas bed
Have you heard this Christmas legend?
"The ancient Aztecs (the Mexican Indians) prized the Poinsettia as a symbol of
purity. Centuries later, Mexico's early Christians adopted the Poinsettia as their
prized Christmas Eve flower. The Mexican Poinsettia, known as the Christmas
Flower in North America, is used in most Christmas decorations, owing to its
bright red color and its blooming season coinciding with the Christmas holiday
season. The Mexican Poinsettias are commonly bright red. For some, these
star-shaped bracts symbolize the Star of Bethlehem. The Christmas Poinsettia
flowers have become a symbol of Christmas and are used in festive decor.
A Mexican legend explains how Poinsettias came to be associated with
Christmas. Apparently, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on
Christmas Eve picked some weeds from the side of a road. The child was told
that a humble gift, if given in love, would be acceptable in God's eyes. When
brought into the church, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers and the
congregation felt that they had witnessed a Christmas miracle!"
Thursday, December 15, 2011
I love all Christmas trees!
These bottle brush trees were my craft from last year
and really are eye catchers
They range from 12 - 16 inches
and sit on my sofa table
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The inspiration began here:
My sweet hubby bought these for me in the spring drastically marked down
They live in the bathroom year-round
See them in the background?
One tree in gold and angels
The other in silver and snowmen
They bring a smile to my heart every morning as I sip my coffee!