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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
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  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Everyone knows the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and I’m sure have wondered how such a random song came about. Well, first of all it’s not random at all, it’s a code.

In England during the time period of 1558-1892 Parliament made it illegal for Catholics to practice their faith, private or public. It was even illegal to be a Catholic.
“The Twelve Days of Christmas” was written like a catechism song and was recited by memory because if they were caught with Catholic writing they faced severe punishments.
The songs gifts all have hidden meanings to them and symbolize the teaching of the faith. The “True Love” is God himself and the “me” is every believer. The “partridge on a pear tree” is Jesus Christ. In the song Christ is symbolized as a mother partridge which feigns injury to lead predators away from its nest related to what Jesus sad of his sadness for Jerusalem when he said, “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often I would have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks…”  (Also, the partradge is the only bird that will die for its young.)  Having the bird in a pear tree is symbolic of Christ on the cross.

The other gifts are these… (some have explanations one why each gift was chosen, others, you’ll have to decide for yourself.)
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments (The doves are the biblical roadmap, available to everyone.)
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity
4 Calling Birds = The Four Gospels
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament known as the Torah or the Pentateuch.
6 Geese A-laying = The Six Days of Creation  (Each egg the geese are laying is a day in creation, when the world was “hatched” or formed by God.)
7 Swans A-swimming = The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit; prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and compassion. (Swans are one of the most beautiful and graceful creatures on earth, as are the gifts of the Holy Spirit.)
8 Maids A-milking = The Eight Beatitudes; the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek,  those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. (A milkmaid was the lowest in the lowest class, Christ come to save even the lowest of the low.)
9 Ladies Dancing = The Nine Fruit of The Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = The Ten Commandments (Lords were judges and in charge of the law.) 
11 Pipers Piping = The Eleven Faithful Apostles (The apostles proclaimed the good news of Christ, much like a piper playing through out the town.)
12 Drummers Drumming = The Twelve Points of Doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed (The Aposltes creed was the “drummer” Catholics marched too.)

There you have it. Now the song is no longer just a crazy, random Christmas song and you will never think of it in the same way again. 🙂

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  1. Wow. I don’t know how I’d ever remember what each day stands for… as I don’t really see the connection between ladies dancing and the fruits of the Spirit… But I guess that’s a possibility for the meaning. What’s your source?

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  2. storygirl308

     /  December 21, 2009

    My source it, “Stories Behind the Great Tratitions of Christmas” by Ace Collins.

    I’ll make an edit to the post that explanes why some gifts were chosen.

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  3. Wow! That’s so interesting! I always thought it was some random song, also! 😀

    Haniya

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  4. Zoe

     /  December 21, 2009

    Interesting!

    Reply

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