Here are some fun ways to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Enjoy!
FROM http://www.readersdigest.ca/christmas/kind_christmas/twelve_days.html :
In the Middle Ages, religious holidays were practically the only holidays, so lord and peasant alike tried to extend such happy times as long as possible. Christmas became not one day of celebration but 12, extending from Christmas Day to the Epiphany, when the Wise Men arrived with their gifts (thereby initiating the custom of giving presents at Christmas). In the castles of the wealthy, a gift on each of the 12 days was not unusual. Hence the appeal of "The Twelve Days of Christmas," since even those who couldn’t afford to give the gifts could at least sing about them. The carol is very old, probably dating from the 16th century, when such sprightly counting songs were very much in fashion.
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Lyrics with cute graphics
12 Days of Christmas Gag Gift
—Another take on the 12 gifts
An Underground Catechism (**an urban myth**)
Or maybe not a myth –
‘However, many have questioned the historical accuracy of this origin of the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. It seems that some have made an issue out of trying to debunk this as an "urban myth," some in the name of historical accuracy and some out of personal agendas. There is little "hard" evidence available either way. Some church historians affirm this account as basically accurate, while others point out apparent historical discrepancies. However, the "evidence" on both sides is mostly in logical deduction and probabilities. One internet site devoted to debunking hoaxes and legends says that, "there is no substantive evidence to demonstrate that the song ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ was created or used as a secret means of preserving tenets of the Catholic faith, or that this claim is anything but a fanciful modern day speculation. . .." What is omitted is that there is no "substantive evidence" that will disprove it either.’ – http://www.cresourcei.org/cy12days.html
The 12 Days of Christmas is a collection of twelve daily devotionals to inspire and encourage the spirit of Christmas and prepare you for the New Year. Each daily devotional includes a Christmas quotation, a Bible verse and a thought for the day.
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Day One – The Greatest Christmas Gift
Day Two – Laugh with Immanuel
Day Three – Wonderful Impossibilities
Day Four – Make Room for More
Day Five – Not Alone at All
Day Six – Come as a Child
Day Seven – A Christmas Candle
Day Eight – Pleasing in Your Sight
Day Nine – Eternal Glory
Day Ten – Forgiveness Focuses Forward
Day Eleven – Hindsight
Day Twelve – God Will Direct
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