I love Christmas! I have more decorations than I almost have a place to put them. Needless to say, over the years it has come to mean more than decorations. It is time to celebrate with family and friends and pour out love to everyone. When I think about Christmas’ gone by, I can’t help but reminisce about how much fun my family enjoyed. We’d kick it off on Christmas Eve and celebrate every day until New Year’s Day.
The celebration included singing the Twelve Days of Christmas. Every one of us anticipated singing it since my sister Portia introduced it to us many years ago. In essence, each person is given a card with four of the gifts from the song on it. They are random. That is what makes it so much fun.
As you proceed through the sung, each person stands up and sings the portion of the song that is listed on their card. We are jumping up and down, singing, laughing and just having a great time.
One year, I wanted to know more about the Twelve Days of Christmas and exactly what were we singing. To my amazement, it was more than a nonsensical song, but actually was a way for Catholics in England to practice their faith during a period when they were prohibited from doing so in public and in private. They were able to teach their children about Christmas and Christ using the symbols of each day. I was interestingly intrigued that the 12 days did not proceed Christmas, but actually started on Christmas evening and ended the evening of January 6. Over the years, the 12 days have to come to represent more than just a nonsensical song to me.
Oftentimes as we look at the ending of one year and another year beginning, we are always in a place of expectation. As I look to celebrate Christmas this year, the 12 days of Christmas’ significance means giving gifts that propel others to fulfill their dreams and live out their purpose.
For 12 days, beginning on Christmas evening and culminating on January 6, expect a gift of encouragement. It is my way of saying thank you for your support for The Showers Group Ministries, The ME Place, Oh Break Out Empowerment & Leadership Experience, Showers’ Blessing Inspires, 11:59 A Mintue ’til Midnight Marketplace Prayer Bootcamp and Wisdom Wealth & Riches with Jacqui BlogTalkRadio Show. It is my prayer and hope these gifts of inspiration will continue to propel you in 2016 to become all God envisioned so you can experience what God SAWW, Spiritual Abundance Wholeness and Wealth.
Enjoy Your Christmas!
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