Thursday, January 3, 2013

12 Days of Christmas

It made me sad that Christmas seemed to end so abruptly this year.  All of a sudden, there were no more Christmas carols on the radio.  As early as Christmas evening, the Christmas television shows and movies were replaced by the normal fare.  Then, at church last Sunday, our deacon reminded the congregation that Christmas continues for 12 more days after December 25 in the Christian faith, concluding with Epiphany on January 6.  In fact, according to our deacon, December 25 is when Christmas begins.  So, today, if we follow the lyrics to "The Twelve Days of Christmas," we're into Christmas Day #9, when the day would be celebrated by nine ladies dancing.  Thinking about "The Twelve Days of Christmas" reminded me of a hilarious program on that theme that I saw on television as a child.  I've only seen it once since then, but it tickled me as much then as it had when I was a little girl.  As I recall, the program was absent of audio except for the song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."  An overly enthusiastic lover showers his true love with the partridges, lords a'leaping, pipers piping, etc. until she is completely overwhelmed by her gifts.  I don't expect to be showered with nine ladies dancing today, but I am heartened to know that Christmas still lives on for a few more days and then must reside in my heart the rest of the year.

1 comment:

  1. Keri,
    I understand the sentiment you expressed here about real Christmas ending too quickly. Commercialism has turned the advent period into a time for buying and between Christmas and the Epiphany a time for returning and buying more. I'm so glad you reminded me that Christmas Day is the first day not the last. I bought my grandson an advent calendar this year but now we need one for the 12 days of Christmas. Thank you. Natalie Barman


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