On of the things that bothers me about Christmas is that when we pass Dec. 25th we seem to forget what Christmas was is all about. Well we will move on to Easter and a few other Christian holidays (depending on your faith), but for the most part - that peace on earth and good will to all men thing kind of goes out the door.
So I am reading up on the 12 days of Christmas and discover that it isn't about the 12 days leading up to Christmas, but it is about the 12 days after Christmas. Some believe Catholics used the song was used to teach their children catechism. (A body of fundamental principles or beliefs). In England, from 1558 until 1829, they were not allowed to practice their faith openly. So what do the 12 days mean?
DAY 12 - On the 12th day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Twelve Drummers Drumming The twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy catholic Church,(Ok I'm not catholic, but I do believe in the church) 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.
What do you believe in? Do you know? Is want you believe in having an impact on your life? Really think about it. Shouldn't your beliefs shape your values and attitudes? Shouldn't they mean something? Is there something that you believe in that you are willing to die for? Faith isn't just what we believe, it's what shapes us!