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The Meaning Behind the 12 Days of Christmas…

This week as I have been doing the 12 days of Christmas posts, my friend Pam at Spotland Productions sent me a very interesting email…I wanted to pass it along to you…

The Twelve 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?

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
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…so pass it on if you wish.’

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone
———-

I would give credit to the author if I knew who it was – but I didn’t know that before!

The 12 Days of Christmas Posts – Day 12

Here we are at Day 12. This has been really fun! Passing along great reads from the last 12 months. I hope you have enjoyed some of the blogs – and maybe you have been turned onto someone who you didn’t know about before!

To wrap up, I leave you with a link from Tim Sanders. Tim’s Book “Love is the Killer App” was my favorite read this year.

This post from Tim is one of many great reads on his blog. Its about turning a “have to” into a “get to!”

(Remember, I will stop posting to this blog address at the end of 2008, the new Stu Gray blog is located here!)

The 12 Days of Christmas Posts – Day 10 and 11

I’m coming to the end of my 12 Days of Christmas posts – 12 posts from diffferent bloggers who really inspired me this year…and I thought might inspire you as well…

If you like to write – this might be an enjoyable post from Leo Babauta at Write to Done…on how to find inspiration for your writing!

And since I missed yesterday, I wanted to go ahead and post the 11th day of Christmas post too!

Michael Hyatt is the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers and has a great blog

Here is a post he wrote about “creating a life”…great stuff!

(Remember, I will stop posting to this blog address at the end of 2008, the new Stu Gray blog is located here!)

The 12 Days of Christmas Posts – Day 9

Are we already at Day 9? Wow. The Vox Daily Blog at Voices.com is a must read for anyone pursuing the VoiceOver industry.

Stephanie is a veritable font of information!

This is a great post for marketing yourself as a Voice Actor

(Remember, I will stop posting to this blog address at the end of 2008, the new Stu Gray blog is located here!)

The 12 Days of Christmas Posts – Day 8

As I continue thru the 12 days of Christmas posts (if you are just joining – these are blog posts that were great reads for me in 2008 that inspired my thinking, or challenged me in some way!) I thought this one would be a great blog to share…

I found Kirsty Dunphey earlier this year, and have enjoyed her blog.

This post deals with the traits you need to be a Superstar Entrepreneur

Enjoy!

(Remember, I will stop posting to this blog address at the end of 2008, the new Stu Gray blog is located here!)

The 12 Days of Christmas Posts – Day 7

Day 7 leads me to Scott Ginsberg. He is one of my favorite blogger/writer/thinkers on Marketing and Approachability.

I love reading his stuff.

After we learn something new, what do we do with it? How do we remember and apply it? Here are Scott’s Thoughts.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Posts – Day 6

Day number 6 is a post from the Simple Dollar blog that I was turned onto by Nancy Wolfson at BrainTracksAudio.

Its all about Why networking works and doesn’t work. Here is another great post about online networking also from the Simple Dollar.

(Remember, I will stop posting to this blog address at the end of 2008, the new Stu Gray blog is located here!)