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Meaning of the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is an English Christmas carol that enumerates a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. Although first published in England in 1780, textual evidence may indicate the song is French in origin.

Three French versions of the song are known. In the west of France the piece is known as a song, "La foi de la loi," the sequence being: a good stuffing without bones, two breasts of veal, three joints of beef, four pigs' trotters, five legs of mutton, six partridges with cabbage, seven spitted rabbits, eight plates of salad, nine dishes for a chapter of canons, ten full casks, eleven beautiful full-breasted maidens, and twelve musketeers with their swords.

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by "my true love" on one of the twelve days of Christmas.

The first verse runs:
On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
A Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The second verse:
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

The third verse begins to show some metrical variance, as explained below:
On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

...and so forth, until the last verse:
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...
12 Drummers Drumming
11 Pipers Piping
10 Lords-a-Leaping
9 Ladies Dancing
8 Maids-a-Milking
7 Swans-a-Swimming
6 Geese-a-Laying
5 Gold Rings
4 Colly Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

Some Christians interpret the song this way:

A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
Three French hens: The three theological virtues faith, hope and love
Four calling birds: The four Gospels
Five gold rings: The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight maids a-milking: The eight Beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful Apostles
Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of the Apostles' Creed


ABOUT THE BIBLE... Do you know that...


1.  Psalms 118 is the middle chapter of the entire Bible?
2.  Before Psalms 118, Psalms 117 is the shortest book in the Bible?
3.  After Psalms 118, Psalms 119 is the longest book in the Bible?
4.  That there 594 chapters each before and after Psalms 118?
5.  That if you add up all the chapters except Psalms 118, you get a total 1, 188?
6.  And incidentally, 1,188 or Psalms 118 verse 8, also happens to be the middle verse of the entire Bible.
** The central verse should have a fairly important message don't your think? **

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord that to trust in Man."

You may say that all the above is simply coincidental. But how amazing that directly in the center of all of God's Word is a verse that sums up what the world needs so desperately to do...put our faith in God instead of our abilities. Submission to God is the first step in having a wonderful relationship with Him and his creation

HAPPINESS - EARNED SUCCESS - ENTREPRENEURSHIP


God has granted us the freedom
to become everything we can become.

The Bible addresses economics and stewardship and clearly states that individual enterprise in the spirit of proper stewardship should be the basis of an economic system.

Do you work to bring honor and glory to the Lord? Do not give Him less than your very best.  This is how you avoid the love of money. You love the opportunity and you love the privilege. As  Christians we can say the Bible supports free enterprise and its principles. It doesn’t promote laziness. It doesn’t exalt people who lack integrity.

As Christians, our work for the Lord is not confined purely to the church but rather to everything we do, from a stay at home mom to a doctor to a brick layer—to any vocation.

Arthur Brooks said: "Earned success is the belief that you have created value in your life and in the lives of others through hard work and merit. Research indicates people who believe they have earned their success will empirically be happier than those who believe they haven’t. They will lead more productive, more fulfilled lives. As a result, society will benefit."

Dr. Arthur Brooks has led the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) since January 2009. He is the author of numerous books.

5-Minute VIDEO from Christianity, Values and American Public Policy on EARNED SUCCESS: click HERE (it will open on a separate Window)

The AUDIO below is an one-hour very important message from Dr. Arthur Brooks that addresses HAPPINESS in the context of EARNED SUCCESS and ENTREPRENEURSHIP.


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