On the 9th Day of Christmas

Nine ladies dancing  symbolizes Nine fruit of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22-23

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit is a biblical term that sums up nine attributes of a Christian life according to Saint Paul in his Letter to the Galatians: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”

Forbearance is restraint, tolerance, patience, resignation, endurance, fortitude, stoicism

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8th Day of Christmas

Eight maids a-milking represents Eight beatitudes – Matt. 5-7

The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, “cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme”. Four of the blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in the Gospel of Luke, followed by four woes which mirror the blessings.

Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case the condition is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation. Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility. They echo the ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality, and compassion.

The eight Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3–12 during the Sermon on the Mount.

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
Blessed are those who mourn: for they will be comforted. (5:4)
Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth. (5:5)
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be filled. (5:6)
Blessed are the merciful: for they will be shown mercy. (5:7)
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they will see God. (5:8)
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God. (5:9)
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (5:10)

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On the 7th day of Christmas

Seven swans a-swimming signifies the Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit – Rom. 12:6-8

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Year In Search 2016

Light up the Sky by Grace Vanderwaal- America’s Got Talent Winner 2016

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Chicago Lakefront Painting Time Lapse

ARTWORK: “Steel and Beach” 24×30 Acrylic + Pen on Canvas, by Anastasia Mak
Purchase prints and / or see more at http://anastasiamak.com/
This time lapse was created over the course of several weeks. The painting is an aerial view of Chicago’s lakefront, with John Hancock Center and surrounding buildings, looking north. My visual reference was a photo that I took from a helicopter. MUSIC TRACK: Amadou & Mariam, “M’ Bifé (Balafon)”


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On the 6th Day of Christmas

Six geese a-laying represents six days of creation.

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Five Golden Rings

On the 5th Day of Christmas, “five golden rings” represents Five books of Moses. (The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, gives the history of man’s fall from grace.)

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4th Day of Christmas


On the 4th Day of Christmas “Four calling birds” represents the Four Gospels  – Four Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)


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Red- Color of Martyrs – Holy Innocents 2016

Pray for the Holy Innocents. More than ever, Souls are relinquished prematurely.

A haunting carol, The Coventry Carol, from a play in the 16th century was imagined to be sung by the mothers whose children have been murdered by Herod at the time Of Christ’s birth as related in the Gospel of Matthew. The play and the song concern the massacre of the young children of Bethlehem at the command of King Herod.

Lullay thou little tiny child,
By, by lully lullay.

 O sisters, too how may we do,
For to preserve this day;
This poor youngling for whom we sing,
By by lully lullay.

Herod the king, in his raging
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might in his own sight
All young children to slay.

 Then woe is me, poor child for thee
And ever mourn and say;
For thy parting, no say nor sing
By by lully lullay





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3rd Day of Christmas – Colors, Wassail, and Mistletow

On the third day… “Three French Hens”

French Hens were very expensive during the 16th century (when the song was written), and thus are symbolic of the three costly gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh given by the wise men (Matt. 2:10-11). An alternate significance is symbolism depicting the value of the three Christ virtues, faith, hope, and charity (sacrificial love) (1 Cor. 13:13). Other forms of the song use the French Hens to symbolize the three persons of the trinity. But let’s look at some other traditional trappings.

The traditional three colors of Christmas are green, red, and gold. Green has long been a symbol of life and rebirth; red symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold represents light as well as wealth and royalty.

Wassail is from the Old Norse ves heill, meaning “good health.”
Recipe…coming soon

Ancient peoples, such as the Druids, considered mistletoe sacred because it remains green and bears fruit during the winter when all other plants appear to die. Druids would cut the plant with golden sickles and never let it touch the ground. They thought it had the power to cure infertility and nervous diseases and to ward off evil.
Mistletoe comes from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “little dung twig”
Mistletoe (Viscum album) is from the Anglo-Saxon word misteltan, which means “little dung twig” because the plant spreads though bird droppings.

So there you have it folks, a couple of factoids. Never know when they’ll come in handy for ya;)

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