Tag Archives: 12 Days of Christmas

The Twelfth Day of Christmas

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

Drummers establish the rhythm for marching. They symbolize the 12 doctrines listed in the Apostles’ Creed, an ancient summary of Christian beliefs.

Suggested activity is to make noise/music using common kitchen items, E.g. boxes, pans, glasses, etc.

Apostles' Creed

12 Days of Christmas for My Priest: Day 12

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my friend Jenn gave to me: twelve stations of the cross (and maybe the last couple for completeness), eleven saints praying on my behalf, ten minutes of spiritual reading, nine chapters read of the Gospels, eight chapters read of the NT, seven prayers throughout the day, six chapters read of the OT, FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE!  (Shhh…), all four rosaries, three acts of penance, two photographs, and one hour of Adoration!

The Eleventh Day of Christmas

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eleven pipers piping, ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

The pipers are the eleven disciples who remained faithful.

Suggested activity is to make cake or cookies with piped frosting. I kind of did this already with my mom for our Christmas cookies. Not that I had any skill whatsoever…

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These were decorated by an adult, not a toddler, as you might assume

12 Days of Christmas for My Priest: Day 11

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my friend Jenn gave to me: eleven saints praying on my behalf, ten minutes of spiritual reading, nine chapters read of the Gospels, eight chapters read of the NT, seven prayers throughout the day, six chapters read of the OT, FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE!  (Shhh…), all four rosaries, three acts of penance, two photographs, and one hour of Adoration!

12 Days of Christmas for My Priest: Day 10

On the tenth day of Christmas, my friend Jenn gave to me:  ten minutes of spiritual reading, nine chapters read of the Gospels, eight chapters read of the NT, seven prayers throughout the day, six chapters read of the OT, FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE!  (Shhh…), all four rosaries, three acts of penance, two photographs, and one hour of Adoration!

The Tenth Day of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: ten lords-a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

In the Middle Ages, lords could, to some extent, define the law within their own lands. So the lords are the Ten Commandments.

To celebrate, they suggest having a family game day, including jumping and running activities. I don’t have anyone else at home to play games with, but I can probably jump around a bit. 🙂

12 Days of Christmas for My Priest: Day 9

On the ninth day of Christmas, my friend Jenn gave to me:  nine chapters read of the Gospels, eight chapters read of the NT, seven prayers throughout the day, six chapters read of the OT, FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE!  (Shhh…), all four rosaries, three acts of penance, two photographs, and one hour of Adoration!

The Ninth Day of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: nine ladies dancing, eight maids-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

The nine ladies symbolize the fruits of the Spirit as listed in Galatians.

Today’s family celebration is to learn a new dance. What’s your favorite dance? What shall I try tonight?

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The Eighth Day of Christmas

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eight maid-a-milking, seven swans-a-swimming, six geese-a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

Milkmaids, as humble servants, are supposed to represent the Beatitudes listed in Matthew.

To celebrate, they suggest having some favorite dairy treats like ice cream or hot chocolate. I didn’t have either of these on hand, and as the weather outside was “frightful” as the song goes, I celebrated with a glass or two of milk, which I quite enjoyed. 🙂 I snuggled into my futon and read books and watched movies all day. A peaceful and relaxing start to the new year; what more could I ask for? 🙂

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12 Days of Christmas for My Priest: Day 8

On the eighth day of Christmas, my friend Jenn gave to me:  eight chapters read of the NT, seven prayers throughout the day, six chapters read of the OT, FIVE MINUTES OF SILENCE!  (Shhh…), all four rosaries, three acts of penance, two photographs, and one hour of Adoration!