Christmas Holidays & Occasions

Twelve Days of Christmas Blessings

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Laurie Hackett
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/teacupsinthegarden

A few years ago we had a typical Christmas lights joyously twinkling, cheerful strains of music heralding our Savior’s birth and delicious smells of sugar and spice wafting from the oven, while I put the final touches on costumes for our church Christmas program. Then the doorbell rang.

As I opened the door, there was no one to be seen. Glancing down I saw a can with a note, “On the first day of Christmas your crazy friends gave to you…a can of pears!” Each night my kids had fun trying to catch our “crazy friends” and predicting their creative gifts.

Two turtle doves–a bag of Dove chocolates

Three French horns–a bag of fancy frozen French fries

Four calling birds– a child’s plastic cell phone

Five golden rings–a can of pineapple rings

Six geese-a-laying–apple ornaments

Seven swans-a-swimming–swan bubble bath

Eight maids-a-milking–butterscotch candies

Nine ladies dancing–dancing shoes

Ten lords-a-leaping–rubber balls

Eleven pipers piping–whistles

Twelve drummers drumming. When we opened the door, our friends sang, “On the 12th day of Christmas your crazy friends gave to you “Happy Birthday Jesus” pencils!”

It was a joyous time as we hugged and laughed. I asked my friend how she pulled it off. She smiled and said her kids dressed in black, like secret agents. She dropped them off and drove to the end of the street while they sneaked the gift to the door and rang the doorbell. They hastily sped down the street, jumped in their van. My friend knew how busy I was with the Christmas pageant at church, and she wanted to return a blessing to me. Indeed, she truly made me feel blessed for twelve days of Christmas and many days thereafter.

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