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  1. pegwinn

    pegwinn Top of the Food Chain

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    Ok, here is an idea for general discussion. Drop your favorites that you get in your email. I'm talking about the good stuff. I get a lot of anti bush/obama/liberal/conservative etc in the ol email. I am not talking about that. I also get jokes, eCards, etc. So, as the first offering.......... Safe for work or kids and I dare you not to sing along :eusa_angel:

    Merry Christmas
  2. random3434

    random3434 Senior Member

    Jun 29, 2008
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    The 12 Days Of Christmas

    There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me! What in the world
    do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the
    partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

    From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to
    practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a
    catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning:

    The surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their
    church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
    which the children could remember:

    The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

    Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

    Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

    The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John..

    The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of
    the Old Testament.

    The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

    Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy
    Spirit-Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership,
    and Mercy.

    The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

    Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit - Love, Joy,
    Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self

    The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

    The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

    The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the
    Apostles' Creed.

    So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and
    I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange
    song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish."

    Merry Christmas to all.....Happy New Year
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