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Issue #78 - December 20, 2007
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Hidden Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas
2) "Jesus Came" to the tune of "Jingle Bells"
3) Christmas Activities & Festivities
4) New Year's Ideas?

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5) Fun version of 12 days of Christmas
6) How to Read SSTN articles?

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The birth of Jesus is recorded in these two books of the Bible.

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1) Hidden Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas

People often think of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as the days preceding the festival. 

Historically, Christmas is the season of the Christian Year for the days beginning on December 25 and lasting until January 6 (the Day of Epiphany) when the church celebrates the revelation of Christ as the light of the world and recalls the journey of the Magi. 

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly. 
During that era the song, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' was written as a type of secret catechism that could be sung in public without risk of persecution. The song has two levels of interpretation: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the church with each element in the carol also prompting a religious reality.

The "partridge in a pear tree" is Jesus Christ.
The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
The three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
The five gold rings recall the torah (Law) the first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
The seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit.
The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes.
The nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal.5).
The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

There you have it... the hidden meaning of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and the secret behind the song. Take time to thank and praise God for the freedom we have to share Christmas boldly --- and then do so. To God be the honor and glory for this beautiful season in ALL that we do. 

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2) "Jesus Came" to the tune of "Jingle Bells". 

The following song was written and sent in by Austrian missionaries, Mark and Becky Bryan:

Jesus came, Jesus came, Jesus came a child.
Jesus came from heaven above,
He came 'cause of all our sin, ha!
Jesus came, Jesus came, Jesus came to us.
Jesus came to all the world, He loves us all so much!

Jesus lives, Jesus lives, Jesus lives for us,
He brings joy into our hearts,
and forgives us all our sins, ha!
Jesus comes, Jesus comes, He's coming soon for us.
So be prepared and live for Him, He comes so glorious.

(John 3:16, Romans 3:23, Exodus 24:7, Hebrews 1:3, 1 Peter 1:7)

Copyright 2007 Mark & Becky Bryan

To learn more about the Bryan's mission work in Austria, see the following web page: 
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3) Christmas Activities & Festivities

You can find some fun Christmas games at:
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New Year's Ideas?

Please share any new "New Year's" ideas. Particularly crafts or games for Sunday school or midweek classes.



Click here to download the
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A sweet gift for your congregation!



5) Fun Version of 12 days of Christmas 

From Indiana University's Men's a cappella group. Enjoy!! 



6) How to Read SSTN articles?

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) Merry CHRISTmas from SSTN!

Wishing you and yours the very best day celebrating Jesus' birth. 
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