I am alive and living well in Adelaide. Have a grown family and am currently "owned" by a very aloof black and white cat named Chloe. I love to read and write and am a cruciverbalist.
I love this beautiful world we live in and I find joy in the little things of life and I wake thankful each morning for the gift of life. My journey has not been an easy one but I feel I am ready to fly and I am who I was born to be.
I wish you love and laughter, sunbeams and moonbeams, health and happiness, music and magic, and diamonds in your sky.
This is something shared with me by my friend Janis and I am sharing it with you all.
One Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What, in the world do-leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge that will not come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.
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 that 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...so pass it on if you wish.'
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