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The Twelve (12) Days of Christmas (Possible Meanings)


The 12 days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th).
The 12 days start from December 25th & finish January 5th.

1 Partridge in a pear tree = The One true God.

2 Turtle Doves = The Old & New Testaments

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope & Charity (Theological Virtues)

4 Calling Birds = The Four Gospels (&/or the 4 Evangelists)
  • 1. - Matthew
  • 2. - Mark
  • 3. - Luke
  • 4. - John
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
  • 1. - Genesis
  • 2. - Exodus
  • 3. - Leviticus
  • 4. - Numbers
  • 5. - Deuteronomy
6 Geese A-laying = the 6 days of creation.

7 Swans A-swimming = the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, the 7 sacraments (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
  • 1. - Prophecy
  • 2. - Ministry
  • 3. - Teaching
  • 4. - Exhortation
  • 5. - Giving
  • 6. - Leading
  • 7. - Compassion
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitude (Matthew 5:3-10)
  • 1. - Blessed are the poor in spirit.
  • 2. - Those who mourn.
  • 3. - The meek.
  • 4. - Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
  • 5. - The merciful.
  • 6. - The pure in heart.
  • 7. - The peacemakers.
  • 8. - Those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake.
9 Ladies Dancing = the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit . (Galatians 5:22)
  • 1. - Love
  • 2. - Joy
  • 3. - Peace
  • 4. - Patience
  • 5. - Kindness
  • 6. - Generosity
  • 7. - Faithfulness
  • 8. - Gentleness
  • 9. - Self-control
10 Lords A-leaping = the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)
  • 1. - You shall have no other gods before me.
  • 2. - Do not make an idol.
  • 3. - Do not take God's name in vain.
  • 4. - Remember the Sabbath Day.
  • 5. - Honor your father and mother.
  • 6. - Do not murder.
  • 7. - Do not commit adultery.
  • 8. - Do not steal.
  • 9. - Do not bear false witness.
  • 10. - Do not covet.
11 Pipers Piping = the 11 faithful apostles (Luke 6:14-16). Does not include 12th disciple, Judas Iscariot (he betrayed Jesus to the Romans).
  • 1. - Simon Peter
  • 2. - Andrew
  • 3. - James
  • 4. - John
  • 5. - Philip
  • 6. - Bartholomew
  • 7. - Matthew
  • 8. - Thomas
  • 9. - James bar Alphaeus
  • 10. - Simon the Zealot
  • 11. - Judas bar James.
12 Drummers Drumming = the 12 points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
  • 1. - I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • 2. - I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
  • 3. - He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit & born of the virgin Mary.
  • 4. - He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave].
  • 5. - On the 3rd day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • 6. - He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
  • 7. - I believe in the Holy Spirit.
  • 8. - The holy catholic Church.
  • 9. - The communion of saints.
  • 10. - The forgiveness of sins.
  • 11. - The resurrection of the body.
  • 12. - & life everlasting.

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Faithfully or Sincerely (Letter Sign Off Mnemonic)


Faithfully or Sincerely?

Which do you use to sign off a letter?


This is a very useful mnemonic.

The rule is "Never 2 S's together"

Dear Sir / Yours Faithfully.


Dear Mr A.N. Other / Yours Sincerely.


Image:
Large Victorian Letter Box, Church Hill, Winchmore Hill
near to Southgate, Enfield, Great Britain
© Christine Matthews (cc)



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Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected'

Symphony of Science - 'We Are All Connected' (ft. Carl Sagan, Richard Feynman, deGrasse Tyson & Bill Nye). "It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music." Produced by melodysheep.

"We Are All Connected" was made from sampling:
  • Carl Sagan's Cosmos,
  • The History Channel's Universe series,
  • Richard Feynman's 1983 interviews,
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson's cosmic sermon
  • Bill Nye's Eyes of Nye Series
Added visuals from:
  • The Elegant Universe (NOVA)
  • Stephen Hawking's Universe
  • Cosmos
  • Powers of 10



Symphony of Science (Lyrics):

[deGrasse Tyson]
We are all connected;
To each other, biologically
To the earth, chemically
To the rest of the universe atomically

[Feynman]
I think nature's imagination
Is so much greater than man's
She's never going to let us relax

[Sagan]
We live in an in-between universe
Where things change all right
But according to patterns, rules,
Or as we call them, laws of nature

[Nye]
I'm this guy standing on a planet
Really I'm just a speck
Compared with a star, the planet is just another speck
To think about all of this
To think about the vast emptiness of space
There's billions and billions of stars
Billions and billions of specks

[Sagan]
The beauty of a living thing is not the atoms that go into it
But the way those atoms are put together
The cosmos is also within us
We're made of star stuff
We are a way for the cosmos to know itself

Across the sea of space
The stars are other suns
We have traveled this way before
And there is much to be learned

I find it elevating and exhilarating
To discover that we live in a universe
Which permits the evolution of molecular machines
As intricate and subtle as we

[deGrasse Tyson]
I know that the molecules in my body are traceable
To phenomena in the cosmos
That makes me want to grab people in the street
And say, have you heard this??

(Richard Feynman on hand drums and chanting)

[Feynman]
There's this tremendous mess
Of waves all over in space
Which is the light bouncing around the room
And going from one thing to the other

And it's all really there
But you gotta stop and think about it
About the complexity to really get the pleasure
And it's all really there
The inconceivable nature of nature

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