You say there are only twelve days of Christmas? It seems in recent years there are least twenty-five days of Christmas starting on Thanksgiving and sometime even before then.
Most retail stores feel the old adage “the early bird catches the worm,” is certainly true. They begin advertising and putting on special sales earlier and earlier every year.
Those who have been practicing for Christmas concerts, plays and cantatas certainly feel like Christmas started months ago.
This is the fourth in the series rewriting the Christmas gifts in the old song, “Twelve Days of Christmas” with a faith-based change.
Nonetheless, the tune is recognized immediately by most everyone. You may wish to follow this link for another rendition of this old song. It is a sing-a-long with words and music.
The story behind the song indicated that it was published in England in 1780 without music as a poem that was chanted. In later years, various musical arrangements were added.
It is what is known as an accumulative song – each verse building on the previous one and the gist of the song is a fair maiden expounding her great delight for the extravagant and unusual gifts given to her by her true love.
Huffington Post reported two years ago in 2012 that the cost of these items would be about $107,000.00. Last year Forbes posted a report that those same items in 2013 would cost $27, 393.17.
This year the PNC Index indicates these same items would cost $27,673.22.
The Business Insider also reports on estimated cost of all the things given by “true love.” But all that God gives is free.
Faith-based song could be:
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love (God) gave to me far more than four calling birds. Jesus tells the story of how the birds are cared for and how much more valuable we are than birds and how much He cares for us. He gave us a promise.
The promise to take care of our needs like the birds in the sky and we should have no need for worry.
“That’s why I’m telling you to stop worrying about your life—what you will eat or what you will drink—or about your body—what you will wear. Life is more than food, isn’t it, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t plant or harvest or gather food into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are more valuable than they are, aren’t you? Can any of you add a single hour to the length of your life by worrying? …
When the Son of God has been sacrificed what else can be? The greatest gift we can receive is Jesus and the greatest gift we can give each other is Jesus.
This is the fourth in the series on the Twelve Days of Christmas with a faith-based twist. You may wish to check out the links below for the previous articles in this series.
Days of Christmas:
First Day: My true love gave to me “A partridge in a pear tree.”
Second Day: My true love gave to me ‘Two turtle doves.”
Third Day: My true love gave to me “Three French hens.”
Fourth Day: My true love gave to me, “Four calling birds.”
Fifth Day: My true love gave to me, “Five golden rings.”
Sixth Day: My true love gave to me, “Six Geese a laying.”
Seventh Day: My true Love gave to me, ”Seven Swans a swimming.”
Eighth Day: My True love gave to me, “Eight maids a milking.”
Ninth Day: My True love gave to me, “Nine ladies dancing.”
Tenth Day: My True love gave to me, “Ten Lords a leaping.”
Eleventh Day: My True Love gave to me, “Eleven pipers piping.”
Twelth Day: My True Love game to me “Twelve Drummers drumming.”
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