On the 7th day of Christmas

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Seven Swans A-swimming – The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit:

1) Prophecy

2) Ministry

3) Teaching

4) Exhortation

5) Giving

6) Leading

7) Compassion

(Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)

On The Seventh Day Of Christmas
My True Love Gave To Me

7 Swans A-swimming (The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit)

6 Geese A-laying (Six days of creation)

5 Golden Rings (Five Books of the Old Testament)

4 Calling Birds (Four Gospels)

3 French Hens (Three Theological Virtues)

2 Turtle Doves (Old and New Testaments)

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Jesus Christ)

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On the 6th day of Christmas

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Six Geese A-laying.

The six days of creation that confesses God as Creator and Sustainer of the world (Genesis 1).

On The Sixth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Gave To Me

6 Geese A-laying (Six days of creation)

5 Golden Rings (Five Books of the Old Testament)

4 Calling Birds (Four Gospels)

3 French Hens (Three Theological Virtues)

2 Turtle Doves (Old and New Testaments)

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Jesus Christ)

On the 5th day of Christmas

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Five Gold Rings

The first Five Books of the Old Testament:

1) Genesis

2) Exodus

3) Leviticus

4) Numbers

5) Deuteronomy

Which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Gave To Me

5 Golden Rings (Five Books of the Old Testament)

4 Calling Birds (Four Gospels)

3 French Hens (Three Theological Virtues)

2 Turtle Doves (Old and New Testaments)

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Jesus Christ)

On the 4th Day of Christmas

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The Four gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

On The Fourth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Gave To Me

4 Calling Birds (Four Gospels)

3 French Hens (Three Theological Virtues)

2 Turtle Doves (Old and New Testaments)

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Jesus Christ)

3rd Day of Christmas

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Three French Hens The Three Theological Virtues:  1) Faith, 2) Hope, and 3) Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)

On The Third Day Of Christmas
My True Love Gave To Me

3 French Hens (Three Theological Virtues)

2 Turtle Doves (Old and New Testaments)

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree (Jesus Christ)

Boxing Day


The day after Christmas is traditionally the day for employers to give a gift, a “Christmas box”, to their employees. The holiday is a primarily British holiday and is celebrated across the world in current and past British held commonwealths.

Boxing day was renamed Day of Goodwill in 1994 in South Africa. The day also is known by Catholics as St. Stephen’s Day. In Ireland, Boxing Day is celebrated along with the Day of the Wren. December 26 is considered Second Christmas in Germany, Poland, Netherlands and Scandinavia. 
OBSERVE

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HISTORY

Boxing Day has been an official holiday in England, Wales, Ireland and Canada since 1871.

There are wide and varying answers regarding the origins of Boxing Day. Some point to the song of “Good King Wenceslas” as the origin of spirit, if not the day itself. According to the song, the 10th century duke looked out up on his land on St. Stephen’s Day (which is celebrated on December 26) and observes a poor peasant. He orders food, wine and wood for fuel to be taken to the peasant and calls for all Christian men to bless the poor in the same way.

In the Church of England, it was traditional during Advent for churches to display a donation box. After Christmas the contents of the box were distributed among the poor.

Among the aristocrats, it was traditional to give boxed gifts to their servants and employees.

Most of the events on modern Boxing Day have little to do with the charity in the stories mentioned. Popular festivities include eating leftovers, soccer games, visiting and drinking.

2nd Day of Christmas

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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)

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