Twas the week before Christmas…

21 12 2009

Christmas Puppies Sam, Lucy, Lucky & Dixie

I woke up feeling a little Christmasy today, must be the hangover.  Over indulgence of food and drink leaves me lethargic(thankfully its sunday and football day in America), funny(mostly to myself it seems) and introspective.  So this week of Christmas I thought we could break down a few Christmas traditions and find hidden or new meanings to share with our loved ones.  Let the fun begin.

Lets analyze The Night Before Christmas with a twist(being my twisted mind).

Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even Mickey Mouse(come on with the commercialization of this holiday you saw that coming). The Stockings were hung by the chimney with care(the fable here is that was to hide gifts brought by Kris Kringle from the bad mans who were after him, they were too dumb to look in the stockings, watch the tv show you’ll see) in hopes that St. Nick soon would be there.  The Children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads(times were much simpler then, now I would guess its visions of Wii’s) and Mama in her kerchief and I in my cap had just settled down to a long winter’s nap(nap? is that what they called sleep back then).  When out of the lawn there arose such a clatter I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter(in some neighborhoods today you could get shot for making a clatter in the lawn) away to the window I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters and threw up the sash. The moon on the breast of new fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below, When what to my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer(I don’t recall the tiny part) With a little old drive so lively and quick I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick (the St. Nick I know doesn’t have a sleigh, unless you count a Flying Dutchman, but certainly no reindeer) condensed version…ok so he came down the chimney dressed in red fur, ate some cookies and his belly jiggled when he laughed and went to work dispersing the gifts, put his finger in his nose, correction on his nose and went back the way he came, whistled at his deer and flew away, whew!  that is a lot of action in the matter of minutes.

I wonder which reindeer was his favorite?  Rudolph isn’t even of the original eight.  Mine is Chet, he reminds me of our Sam(our new puppy, remember? we like him).  You will find Chet  at the end of The Santa Clause 2, he is a Reindeer in training.  Sydney and Jenna would pick Leroy, you know Rudolph’s redneck cousin, he lived out in the sticks, drove a pickup and wore a John Deere Tractor hat, yeah that one.

Seriously, have you ever wondered the real meaning behind some of our traditions?  I do and what follows I found very interesting and wanted to share.  I actually received from two dear friends who don’t know each other, so thanks Joe and Jack.

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.’



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