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Special Thoughts at Christmas

John 1:10-14
10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.


Remembering the First Christmas

Remembering the First Christmas – a wish from Firstvision for a very Merry Christmas!
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?

Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Refrain

See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.

Refrain


Religious Symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas

Religious symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas
(The 12 Days of Christmas)

1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the
Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the
Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the
Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the
history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the
Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy
Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful
apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of
doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

the original version:

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,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

The Twelve Days of Christmas (12 Days of Christmas) –
lyrics

and yet another version:

Jeff Foxworthy Redneck version:

(Chorus)(Sung)
12 pack of bud
11 wrestlin’ tickets
Tin a’ copenhagen
9 years probation
8 table dancers
7 packs of redman
6 cans of spam
5 flannel shirts
4 big mud tires
3 shot gun shells
2 huntin dogs
and some parts to a Mustang GT

and yet another version:

The Twelve Days Of Christmas Lyrics by Shrek

The Twelve days of Christmas

No wait, hey wait wait.
You’ll forgot to sing my favorite Christmas carol:
The Twelve days of Christmas
No, not that one!
A one, a two, a one tow three (no) four

On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A fire-breathing dragon just for me
Yeah

On the second day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
two weed rats
Heavenly Creatures
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the third day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
three little pigs
Ya ya ya yaaa
Two weed rats
and a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On fourth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me
four exploding birds
waaaaaaaa – bang
three little pigs
two weed rats
and a fire-breathing dragon just for me
ya

On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Let me guess
Five onion rings
Five onion rings oh I knew it
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the sixth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Six mirrors cracking
You break it, you bought it
Five onion rings
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the Seventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Seven sorts of jelly
Six mirrors cracking
Five onion rings
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the Eight day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eight cookies talking
Don’t you dare
Seven sorts of jelly
Six mirrors cracking
Five onion rings
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the Night day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Nine mice a’ tripping
Ooh… I’m sorry gordau
Eight cookies talking
Seven sorts of jelly
Six mirrors cracking
Five onion rings
More like the twelve years of Christmas
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the tenth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Ten puppets dancing
No streets attached
Nine mice a’ tripping
Eight cookies talking
Seven sorts of jelly
Six mirrors cracking
Five onion rings
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me
Wee, ya all for me

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eleven fairies dusting
Ten puppets dancing
Nine mice a’ tripping
Eight cookies talking
Seven sorts of jelly
Six mirrors cracking
Five onion rings
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for me

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve man’ a singing
Daradaradada
Eleven fairies dusting
Ten puppets dancing
Nine mice a’ tripping
Eight cookies talking
Seven sorts of jelly
Six mirrors cracking
Five onion rings
(Deep breath)
Four exploding birds
Three little pigs
Two weed rats
And a fire-breathing dragon just for meeeeeeeeeee
Just for meeeeee!

Oh, let’s do that again
Let’s not and say we did

and now the history behind the original 12 Days of
Chritmas (very educating):

The Twelve Days of Christmas – December 25th to
January 5th
For words to song 12 days of Christmas (click here).

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day
and finish on the Eve of the Epiphany which is the 5th
January. Traditionally all Christmas decorations must
be taken down on this day. The 5th January is the
“Twelfth Night” made famous by the Shakespeare play of
the same name, the play was first performed in 1700 in
the court of Elizabeth I.

Where the Advent leading up to Christmas is a very
serious period, the Twelve Days afterwards are joyful.
The Epiphany itself is to do with the appearance of
Magi at Bethlehem – in the Western Church tradition.
For the Eastern Church the Epiphany is about Jesus’s
later life and his baptism in particular.

There are a huge number of traditions associated with
the 12 Days of Christmas, far too many to list here.

However the perennial favourite is the Twelve Days of
Christmas song. The earliest mention of it appears in
the 1500s, the music itself may be French. However the
first time the lyrics are known to have been written
down is in the 1780s.

There is an irony to the popularity of the song. It is
said that the song itself was written to help
Catholics learn the rules about their faith when being
a practicing Catholic in England was forbidden and
could result in death.

So there you have it now…sure pays to do research on
the internet…there are many other versions but these
were at the top of the list and worthy to
mention….Merry Christmas!


Babe of Bethlehem

Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem – He lived, and today He lives again, and watches over us as Mary once watched over Him. Where once He was cradled as a helpless babe in a lowly manger, now He reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords in courts of eternal glory.

He was once then tender and fragile, helpless, as susceptible to death and injury as any other baby, but now He is all-powerful and all-wise, the author and finisher of our faith.

He was born the Daystar, the light and life of the world. Where this world was dark and cruel on the night He came, He will make it glorious and perfect.

He came a babe, but He was God – sent to a world that had forgotten God, and through Him, all of us may be one with God.

Like every other baby ever born, His memory was veiled and His innocence was sweet. He descended from a heavenly throne, and never stopped that plunging descent until He was raised upon the Cross. But now, the Savior stands above us all with hands outstretched inviting us to be one with Him where He is. He was comprehended by none, but now He comprehends and loves us all.

Be assured that as angels announced with heart and voice His coming once, they will do so again. Shepherds were His witnesses then, and they still are. He came once a suffering servant; He will come again, this time a conquering King.

At His birth, Jesus was adored by few, hated by some, and ignored by most, but no one can ignore Him now. He is our Savior and our Redeemer, meriting our worship and our universal adoration.

He was born a subject of Rome, a slave as it were to Caesar’s whim, but He rose the King to conquer all, even death and hell.

Mary His mother loved Him, and from Bethlehem to Calvary she never left Him. Today, some of the best parents in the history of this world are here, and He never leaves them – if only we understood how concerned about such matters He really is. I want you to know, parents, our faith in Him is never unappreciated. Our prayers are never ignored.

Mary wrapped Him in swaddling clothes when He was born, but now those swaddling clothes of the commoner are the resplendent white robes of eternal glory, and He will give them to us.

At His first coming, only Mary and Joseph saw to His comfort and care. The world more or less turned a cold heart. But we have His promise—when He comes again, His heart will be turned to those who have waited long for Him. They will come forth, His loving kindness burning in their heart’s memory forever.

As Joseph and Mary took Him to Egypt and saved him from Herod’s hate and man’s envy, so too the Lord will take us out of Egypt, the world, to another world where hate and envy ne’er annoy.

He was born to a stable and raised to mansions of glory. On that first Christmas night, no one understood the Babe of Bethlehem, and so no one made room for Him. But now I declare to you, His heart, broad as the heavens, swells wide as eternity. There is, thank God, room for us all.

He was born to us, but He is the Savior of worlds without number. He was born Mary’s Son; He rose Mary’s King!

My dear friends, on that first Christmas, Jesus came to us as a child. This Christmas, I hope you come to Him the same way.

Merry Christmas.
From the works of Glenn Rawson.


A Wisconsin Merry Christmas

A video postcard illustrating how I remember growing up in Wisconsin. Great memories, with family and friends. It was a wonderful time to be a child in the mid-west. People cared and shared without the strings attached of our current time. My brother and I could play outside until late without fears and come home to a loving family. I put this video together to share the memories of my youth. I hope you enjoy it as well and may bring back great thoughts you have from your early years. The music is from one of my favorite groups, Tommy James and the Shondells, I had the privilege to enjoy them in concerts and special performances. Tommy James now with children wrote this song for his family. I think you will like the tune.