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
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed. It is indeed the introduction to the Epiphany of Our Lord:
The Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is one of the oldest Christian feasts, though, throughout the centuries, it has celebrated a variety of things. Epiphany comes from a Greek verb meaning, "to reveal," and all of the various events celebrated by the Feast of the Epiphany are revelations of Christ to man.
Christmas Day is the first of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Christians view the period as the amount of time it took the three magi, or wise men, to travel to Bethlehem for the Epiphany, the revelation of Jesus Christ as the savior and the son of God ("epiphany" is from the Greek word for "revelation").
While there's a consensus on what Christmas commemorates, what the Epiphany honors vary between churches and cultures. Some churches believe it's the day of Christ's baptism, while others celebrate it as the day the three magi visited Jesus with gifts.
But there are also differences in when the twelve days are celebrated. Western churches, for example, celebrate Christmas on December 25th, the Epiphany on January 6th, and the period in-between as the 12 days and nights of Christmas. Other cultures, however, have different customs.
Although most in the Eastern Orthodox Church now adhere to the Western calendar, those in the Greek Orthodox Church still use a different religious calendar, celebrating Christmas on Jan. 7, and the Epiphany on Jan. 19. Some Latin-American cultures celebrate the Epiphany as Three Kings Day, giving gifts on Jan. 6 instead of Christmas. Other cultures will give one gift per day from Christmas to the Epiphany. This tradition has never really caught on in America, where the celebration of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is most common.
The Twelfth Night often celebrated on the night of Jan. 5, is considered the end of the Christmas season, before the Epiphany the following day. The Twelfth Night was a time for feasting in England (partly inspired by Shakespeare's play of the same name) in centuries past. Some cultures, like the French and Spanish, celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany with a king's cake, a coffee cake with purple, green and yellow icing to commemorate the visit by the Magi to the Christ child. In western cultures, the King's Cake is associated with Mardi Gras and the season of Carnival. Churches also vary in their celebration of the Epiphany; some Protestant churches celebrate it for an entire season, lasting until the season of Lent, while many Catholics celebrate it as a single day. I would like to thank snopes.com and here for more on the Orthodox Christmas. For those who are not familiar with it, enjoy! And for those celebrating Christmas this week, Merry Christmas to you!
And... we are done.
The lingering touch, upon my face, tracing the line with gentle little kisses, my soul will never be the same. You left me wanting to finish the dream, giving me calm before you can leave. My heart can’t take it. Have I told you how your words caress me as whole? How the very thought of you brings me right down to my knees?
I can feel your hand over mine at night. As we sit and whisper in our world of delight. Yes. Pure heaven I say. I’m not sure I can be any clearer, you’ve robbed me of my soul. Yet, I know that in reality, I give it freely to you. In whole. All of me. Know that you are loved, because therein lies the truth. It keeps my heart a kindle, its warmth consumed as whole.
And just like that, this post is over. From beginning to end, I'll do it again, probably tomorrow. Have an amazing day! Do something fabulous!
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?
and these are what my prayers look like;
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
"where does it hurt?"