Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Another Christmas Lesson

My friend, Jacy, enjoyed my lesson on the yule so much (ha ha) that she sent me this one too. I found it so interesting that I thought I would share the meaning of the song The 12 Days of Christmas....

-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 pass it on if you wish.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Trail of Lights

This weekend we went to Austin to the Trail of Lights at Zilker Park. We met Mark's sister and her friend there. Kendall enjoyed the lights, but was overwhelmed by the crowd.

Mark, Kendall and I bundled up!!

Kendall in Candy Land.

Kendall with the Grinch.

Kendall on a Yule Log. What is a Yule Log, anyway? What are Yule Tide greetings??

Thank goodness for wikipedia....

Yule is a winter festival associated with the winter solstice celebrated in northern Europe since ancient times. Its Christianized form is called "Christmas", which is essentially the symbology and traditions of Yule with the Christian story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth superimposed upon it. Yule traditions include decorating a pine tree, burning a Yule log, the hanging of mistletoe and holly, giving gifts, and general celebration and merriment.

Now we'll all sleep better tonight! Yule Tide greeting to you and your family! :)

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Crazy Christmas Chaos!!!

Well....after reading my dear friend Mary Beth's blog faithfully for over a year, I have decided to branch out and start my own blog. Although, I can't promise my blog will be as eventful as Mary Beth's!

This time of the year, like most Americans, we are preparing for an exciting Christmas. I have almost all of my shopping done, wrapped and under the tree. My seven year old daughter, Kendall, is anxiously anticipating all the wonders of Christmas. She had her church choir Christmas musical this past Sunday night. She thinks she is the Hannah Montana of FBC Hewitt!! Of course I think so too.

Kendall is also just beginning her second season of basketball. She is the smallest girl on the team, but that doesn't stop her!! Watching her play (and succeed) at basketball is the best feeling ever. I on the other hand, am not so athletic, and have had to apologize to my parents for not allowing them to feel the sense of pride a parent feels when their child scores all those points at a basketball game. I have completely evolved into one of those boastful mom's...
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