On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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Two Turtle Doves – The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.
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On The Second Day Of Christmas
My True Love gave To Me

2 Turtle Doves (Old and New Testaments)

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Jesus Christ)

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

There is much controversy about this song but I learned this as a child so this is what the song means to ME. I will be explaining what I learned what the 12 days of Christmas meant and still believe this song to be.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.

However, on another level, this should not prevent us from using the song in celebration of Christmas. Many of the symbols of Christianity were not originally religious, including even the present date of Christmas, but were appropriated from contemporary culture by the Christian Faith as vehicles of worship and proclamation. Perhaps, when all is said and done, historical accuracy, as important as that might be on one level, is not really the point.  Perhaps more important is that Christians can celebrate their rich heritage, and God’s grace, through one more avenue during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Now, when they hear what they once thought was only a secular “nonsense song,”  they will be reminded in one more way of the grace of God working in transforming ways in their lives and in our world.  After all, is that not the meaning of Christmas anyway?

The meaning of the song.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas?

It’s that time of year again. December has come and with it all the joys of Christmas. But what is the real meaning of Christmas?

Many may not agree with me but this is what I believe.

Is it the gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners with family and friends, snow in the yard, stockings hanging in the living room, and shouts of “Merry Christmas” to those who pass us in the streets? Is this really Christmas?

For many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmastime when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to celebrate because they have passed or for others who can not come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

Yet, Christmas can be a season of great joy. It is a time of God showing His great love for us. It can be a time of healing and renewed strength. You see, Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of the Christ child. God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world to be born. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement of knowing about this great event. They knew this was no ordinary baby. The prophets had told of His coming hundreds of years before. The star stopped over Bethlehem just to mark the way for those who were looking for this special child.

So I wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

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Another Beautiful Christmas

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Have a Very Merry Christmas!

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How to handle Holiday Stress

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Take control of the holidays

Don’t let the holidays become something you dread. Instead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pressures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little planning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy during the holidays.

The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it’s no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands — parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining, to name just a few.

But with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would.

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If you love Christmas Trees

Please check out my other traveling Blog and see my Christmas Trees. Just Click Here!

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Photo of the Week

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A Gingerbread House. It is that time of year.

The Grand Florida Gingerbread House.

The house is huge and so gorgeous, and the best part is that you won’t be able to miss the delightful smell of gingerbread that permeates the lobby. Overall, it screams holiday cheer and is legitimately incredible to see in person.

It is so hard to believe that the entire thing is edible; all the way down to the smallest of details. Speaking of the small details, make sure you get a close look at the house, because there may be a few surprises, like Hidden Mickeys!

In addition, there are some great fun facts sprinkled all around the area, so make sure you stop and read all about the in-depth details of the making of the house.

According to Disney, this year’s gingerbread house is made up of 1,050 pounds of honey, 140 pints of egg whites, 600 pounds of powdered sugar, 700 pounds of chocolate, 800 pounds of flour, 35 pounds of spices, and tons of creativity paired with Disney magic and pixie dust.

 

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Photo of the Week

I took this picture at Animal Kingdom of a group of Pink Flamingos.

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Flamingos are large birds that are identifiable by their long necks, sticklike legs and pink or reddish feathers. Flamingos embody the saying “you are what you eat.” The pink and reddish colors of a flamingo’s feathers come from eating pigments found in algae and invertebrates. Three-quarters of the world population of Lesser Flamingos (Phoeniconaias minor) live and breed in East Africa. Majority depend on Tanzania’s Lake Natron as a breeding site. Food is plentiful, nesting sites abound – and above all, the lake is isolated from predator and human disturbance.  There are also numerous fresh water springs accessible to the young birds.

Think Pink  save Africa’s flamingos.

Photo of the Week

December 8, 2014 – I took this picture while at Animal Kingdom. There was an area that you could walk through and see different animals. I found this one in a building with snakes and other small animals.

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