This series of daily reflections will begin with the same words each day followed by a short ‘thought’ on the lyrics to the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ and some images. While we end our Christmas celebration after Dec. 25, in the Middle Ages they had 12 days of continuous feasting and merrymaking. Sometimes small gifts were given to children each day. The twelfth day of Christmas (Jan. 5) marks the end of the Christmas season and was the traditional day for taking down Christmas decorations. Shakespeare’s play The Twelfth Night is named after this day.
Unto us a Child is born.
Come let us adore him.
Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.
O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully reflect on Christ’s story and how it relates to our own. Amen.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me – A partridge in a pear tree.
This has always seemed like an odd lyric to me and I wholeheartedly sing along to the wonderful Reliant K version which questions;
What’s a partridge, and what’s a pear tree?
Well I don’t know so please don’t ask me
But I can bet those are terrible gifts to giveReliant K – 12 Days of Christmas
However, having done some research, there does appear to be some metaphorical links to biblical imagery that we’ll explore over the next 12 days running up to the festival of Epiphany.
So, the partridge is a metaphor for Christ and the tree looks forward towards the story of the crucifixion.
First day of Christmas – December 25 : REJOICE
The wait of Advent is over, on Christmas day we celebrate the light. Depending on your country’s lockdown rules, you may be celebrating with family or friends, you may be stuck at home by yourself. However you spend this day, may the story of Christmas create space for rejoicing, even if the light might seem dim in this season of life. (adapted from https://www.asacredjourney.net/12-days-of-christmas)