The five golden rings re-represented the first five books of the Old Testament, which describe man’s fall into sin and the great love of God in sending a Savior.

The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represented the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit—–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
(My Blog… “BeasBeatitudes,” came after a long search for the right spirit of said writings.

Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit—–Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience [Forbearance], Goodness [Kindness], Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Continence [Chastity].

The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.

I’ve heard many times,’life does not come with an instruction manual.’

I beg to differ, we simply fail to read and/or follow the instructions.

(HaHa…bet that rings a bell!!)


(A poem I penned in 1012)

The Joy of Christmas…let me count them one by one-so many, you’ll be sleeping before I’m done.
There’s holly and cedar, rosemary and Red Birds-
Paper Whites and Poinsettias , Red Roses and Tartan skirts-
Stockings of red, green and beyond,bows and bells-oh my, what great fun…
Candles in the windows, sleighs by the stoop, hot coco and mama’s homemade soup-
Snowflakes and snow-balls for some there will be-alas, just rain and wind I see-
Chestnuts by the fire,cranberries strung above-and a toast to the one you love-
Pretty paper, pretty ribbon, pretty cards from far and near-
Silent night and happy dreams for those you hold dear-
Chocolate, red velvet, coconut and caramel tarts-
Snicker-doodles and Thumbprints, all tugging at our hearts-
Memories and flashbacks, from days carved in stone-
History indeed, but never really gone-
Carols for the neighbor…prayers for our Troops-
Christmas trees of all description-Presents all around-everything Merry and Bright…not like in Bethlehem-
Look into your heart-and find the tiny spark-turn up the flame and light the way….for yet another Christmas Day.

God Bless and may we keep the spirit of Christmas always in our hearts.   Bea Rigsby-Kunz-2012.