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This day is also called the Epiphany or to many Three Kings Day.

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The Three Kings by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Three Kings came riding from far away,
Melchior and Gaspar and Baltasar;
Three Wise Men out of the East were they,
And they travelled by night and they slept by day,
For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star.

The star was so beautiful, large, and clear,
That all the other stars of the sky
Became a white mist in the atmosphere,
And by this they knew that the coming was near
Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy.

Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows,
Three caskets of gold with golden keys;
Their robes were of crimson silk with rows
Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows,
Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees.

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The 12 days of Christmas have come to an end.

I hope next time you hear this song you may think of it a little differently than just a children’s Christmas song.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Two turtle doves, and
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
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On the 12th day of Christmas

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Twelve Drummers Drumming – The twelve points of Doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed

1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.

3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.

4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave].

5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

7) I believe in the Holy Spirit

8) The holy Catholic Church

9) The communion of saints

10) The forgiveness of sins

11) The resurrection of the body

12) and life everlasting.

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January fun Facts

The 1st month of the year brings us New Year’s Day, MLK day, and the excitement of new beginnings.

In the Georgian calendar, the calendar that most of the world uses, January is the very first month of the year. The name January came from a Roman god Janus. According to the Roman legend, in 700 B.C., the ruler Numa Pompilius added January to the end of the 10-month Roman calendar. When it was added, Pompilius gave 30 days to January. However, Romans later made January the first month of the year. Moreover, in 46 B.C. Julius Caesar added a one more day to January and that’s why there are 31 in January today. January was known as the wolf month to the Anglo-Saxons because in winter, wolves came into the villages to search for food. It is the coldest month in the northern half of the world, nature is quiet and the birds travel less. Also, the bears and woodchucks go into hibernation. However, in southern half of the world, January is the warmest month. During this time, unlike the northern half of the world, animals are active and plants are growing.

Below are some fun facts about January:

1. The flower symbol of January is snowdrop & carnation.
2. January’s gem is garnet which represents constancy.
3. The zodiac signs for January is Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) and Aquarius (January 20 – February 18).
4. The Common Sense by Thomas Paine was published on January 10, 1776.
5. On January 10, 1920 the League of Nations was established.
6. National Blood Donor Month
7. National Braille Literacy Month
8. National Hobby Month
9. National Soup Month
10. National Staying Healthy Month
11. On January 8, 1798, Amendment 11 to Constitution was proclaimed which modified the Supreme Court’s power.
12. On January 4, 1896, Utah became the 45th state.
13. On January 6, 1912. New Mexico became the 47th state.
14. January 8 – Elvis Presley’s birthday
15. January 11 – National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States
16. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States – Third Monday
17. On January 2, 1788, Georgia ratified the Constitution.
18. January 26 – Republic Day in India
19. On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln.
20. On the first Monday of January, Handsel Monday is celebrated in Scotland and northern England.

 

To all my family and friends!

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On the 11th day of Christmas

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Eleven Pipers Piping – The Eleven Faithful Apostles

1) Simon Peter

2) Andrew

3) James

4) John

5) Philip

6) Bartholomew

7) Matthew

8) Thomas

9) James bar Alphaeus

10) Simon the Zealot

11) Judas bar James

Luke (6:14-16)

The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.  More

On the 10th day of Christmas

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Ten Lords A-leaping – The Ten Commandments:

1) You shall have no other gods before me

2) Do not make an idol

3) Do not take God’s name in vain

4) Remember the Sabbath Day

5) Honor your father and mother

6) Do not murder

7) Do not commit adultery

8) Do not steal

9) Do not bear false witness

10) Do not covet

(Exodus 20:1-17)

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On the 9th day of Christmas

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Nine Ladies Dancing – The nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit:

1) Love,

2) Joy,

3) Peace,

4) Patience,

5) Kindness,

6) Generosity,

7) Faithfulness,

8) Gentleness

9) Self-control

(Galatians 5:22-23)

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