Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wings of the Airforce

This blog is dedicated to the wonderful men and women of the Air Force.May the Christmas Spirit find you and keep you safe and happy this season.And may you see a twinkling star from the heavens showing you the way. :)

Blessings are sent your way from a Lady's Life.

Better is Possible = recommended this book for good reading.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson

It sounded good so I am also recommending it on my blog. The review of the book is on her blog

.The story of A Christmas Carol explains what is meant by this famous carol with 12 geese a laying. I found it interesting.

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 Control.-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 Carol.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone


Mama Zen said...

I love the history of that carol!

A Lady's Life said...

thanks Mama Zen!!

Gattina said...

Interesting ! Never heard of that !

A Lady's Life said...

yes Gattina I found it interestimg as well