We are finally past Thanksgiving, and radio stations are playing Christmas music non-stop. This isn’t new for me, Jennifer (my wife) has been playing music since the day before Thanksgiving. I’m not a downer, and I truly enjoy Christmas music. In fact, I love hearing the traditional songs (Jingle Bells, Deck The Halls, Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty, Rudolf, Santa’s Coming to Town,) just to name a few. My family, like yours (I’m sure) has traditions that we adhere to each and every year. These traditions are not necessarily set out to be done, most of my families traditions ‘just happen’ each and every year. One of our traditions is drawing names and having a gift exchange. Or my mom and I would decorate the Christmas tree together. Or, (now that I’m married), Jennifer and I get an ornament every year for our tree. Traditions are great. We currently serve in Awana at Living Hope Baptist Church. One of the ‘traditions’ they have for Christmas is a Christmas sing. Being the music lover I am, I thought it would be cool to take a look at a Christmas song and see what I can learn from it.
One song I have heard a lot lately, is that annoying (in my opinion) song 12 Days of Christmas.
Did you know:
This song was originally written as a kids rhyme to help them learn the tenants of their faith (Catholic), during a time when it was illegal (you could get hung) to have anything regarding Catholicism in writing or said (1558 to 1829 in England)? In other words, nextwithderek would be shut down, and I would be hung (killed)!
WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW:
We know that each day their ‘true love’ gives them something different.
WHAT WE MIGHT NOT KNOW:
These items include:
Me: The song is constantly referring to what the ‘true love’ gave to “ME” ME was referring to a Christian.
True Love: God Himself
Day 1: A Partridge in a pear tree. Symbolically Represents Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Day 2: Turtle Doves. The Old and New Testaments
Day 3: French Hens. Faith, Hope and Charity, (The Theological Virtues)
Day 4: Calling Birds. The 4 Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
Day 5: Golden Rings. First 5 Books of the Old Testament (also known as the “Pentateuch” –Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)
Day 6: Geese A-laying. The 6 Days of Creation
Day 7: Swans A-swimming. The 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit/7 sacraments
Day 8: Maids A-milking. The ‘8’ beatitudes
Day 9: Ladies Dancing. The ‘9’ Fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)
Day 10: Lords A-leaping. The 10 Commandments
Day 11: Pipers Piping. The ‘11’ faithful apostles
Day 12: Drummers Drumming. The 12 points to the Apostles Creed
If you were to go out and buy all 12 of these items, it would cost you $27,393 (if bought in stores).
If you bought each item for each time it was mentioned in the song (364 times), it would cost you $114,651
IF you are buying last minute (on the internet) you’d pay about $173,000
[I got all these prices from here.]