Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Thought you would like this

So Today I googled the The Twelve Days of Christmas because My Mom had told me that there was a Hidden meaning in the words to the song. This is what I found. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Meaning Behind The Song The Twelve Days of Christmas:

The twelve days of Christmas are the twelve days between Christmas Day, Dec. 25th, the birth of Jesus, and the Epiphany, Jan. 6th, the day Christians celebrate the arrival of the Magi (Wise Men) and the revelation of Christ as the light of the world.
The Christmas song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may sound silly and contrived to many of us. But it actually had its origins in religious symbolism - and with a serious purpose.
It dates from a time of religious persecution. The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," was written as a kind of secret catechism that could sing in public without fear of arrest - a learning or memory aid to Christians in fact.
The song can be taken at two levels of interpretation - the surface meaning, or the hidden meaning known only to the Christians involved. Each element is a code word for a religious truth.

1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

If you think Jesus being symbolized as a partridge in a pear tree sounds blasphemous, remember:
"Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so." (Luke 13:34 and Matthew 23:34)
The "true love" in the song refers to God Himself.
The "me" receiving the gifts is every Christian.
So that "silly" song we sing at Christmas time has more meaning than we thought.

Monday, December 20, 2010

4 months ago today...

August 20, 2010

I experienced for the 2nd time the true meaning of MY life... My 2nd son was born. On that amazing day I met this little blue eyed boy and was so overcome with love and emotion that I was certain my heart would leap right out of my chest. I knew how amazing it was to love a child, I had learned that with my first son but I struggled through my second pregnancy wondering how was I ever going to love this new baby as much as I loved my Bug? Well at 8:32 am on Aug 20th I learned that very thing... I met my Bear, and Just like the Grinch, My Heart grew 3 sizes that day. I just can't believe how much he's grown and how he has stolen my heart. Mommy want's you to know that I love you my sweet Karter bear.

2 months old

3 months old

4 months old

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

So after a month of pure busyness.... I am back and ready to keep up. Today I had a moment of Clarity while watching "A Charlie Brown Christmas" with my 3 year old son. I realized that the Holidays have become so much about Getting and we have lost the true spirit of the holidays. I was watching the show and thinking to myself "how on earth do I teach my kids what Giving is all about? When do you start teaching it?" I know my kids have more than they could ever need and we have talked a lot about others that don't have and how we can help them and we have even given to them, but do they really "get it" at 3 years old? I was raised in a home where we gave and gave of ourselves to others both in time and "things" and this is the way I want my children raised as well.

I have been so blessed by God with my amazing husband and our 2 beautiful children. I need my kids to know how blessed they are, to see how they can help others, to share their many talents with the world. I look forward to teaching them these things and having them pass their hearts on to others.

I think Linus said all there is to say about the Christmas season and even if you aren't a "believer" you must know that this time of year is a time for Sharing and Giving and not receiving.

Charlie Brown says:

I guess you were right, Linus. I shouldn't have picked this little tree. Everything I do turns into a disaster. I guess I really don't know what Christmas is all about.
Isn't there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?

Linus Replies:

Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.

Lights, please.

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'"
That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown

You can find this in Luke 2 of your Bible as well.