Twenty-two authors, determined to enjoy the Christmas holiday to the max, are embarking on a GRACE FILLED 12-DAYS OF CHRISTMAS BOOK BLITZ. December 26th – January 6th.
These are the 22 authors of the Grace Filled Christmas Blog Tour, sponsored by the Grace Awards. And you bet, these writers most assuredly see the connection between Christmas and grace. ~~ At any rate, each author will share a few witty, tantalizing, exciting, scintillating, devastatingly charming, stop-you-in-your-tracks lines from their novels on each day of the 12-Days of Christmas. What fun!
Keep an eye out on Facebook, Google+, Goodreads, Shoutlife, and all Ning sites for a blitz of FABULOSO short excerpts from their novels.
Look For : Nike Chillemi ~~ Shaunna Gonzales ~~ Naomi Musch ~~ Elaine Marie Cooper ~~ Meg Moseley ~~ Sharon Leaf ~~ Tracy Krauss ~~ Suzanne Williams ~~ Amanda Stephan ~~ Barbara E. Brink ~~ William D. Burt ~~ Tammy Doherty ~~ Christina Freeburn ~~ BJ Robinson ~~ Carole Towriss ~~ Jean Thompson Kinsey ~~ Karin Kaufman ~~ Katie Gansher ~~ Mikayla Kayne
Many people think the 12-Days of Christmas precede December 25th, the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus. This is not true.
The 12-Days of Christmas begin on December 26th and end on January 6th with is the Feast of Epiphany, or Three Kings Day. Epiphany symbolizes the end of the journey of the caravan of Wise Men or Kings…ending when they found the Baby Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem.
Of course we all know the Christmas song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” which tells the story of the birth of Jesus in a kind of code that chronicles the journey of the Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem.
Henry VIII of England was desperate to have born to him a male heir. He married Catherine of Aragon, who was the widow of his older brother who died of the “sweating sickness.” When she miscarried four times he was sure God was punishing him for marrying his brother’s wife. The Pope (who was being held captive by Charles V of Spain, a Catholic) could not annul the marriage as Catherine was Spanish and it would not be in the best interests of Spain. Henry began a secret relationship with Anne Boleyn and severed England’s church relationship with Rome. He then obtained a decree of nullity from the Archbishop of Canterbury and married Anne Boleyn. At this time Henry’s Protestant Church in England began persecuting Catholics and prohibiting them from practicing their religion. The lyrics to “The 12-Days of Christmas” were devised as a way for Catholics to pass down the tenants, rituals, and teachings of their religion.
Lyrics to “The Twelve Days of Christmas”
- The First Day of Christmas – A Partridge in a Pear Tree – This symbolizes Jesus Christ, the son of God and Savior to the Christian world.
- The Second Day of Christmas – Two Turtle Doves – This represents the Old and New Testaments, the two books that comprise the Holy Bible.
- The Third Day of Christmas – Three French Hens – The theological Virtues are Faith, Hope, and Charity.
- The Fourth Day of Christmas – Four Calling Birds – The four Gospels and their writers, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
- The Fifth Day of Christmas – Five Golden Rings – The first five books of the Old Testament, known as the Pentatuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
- The Sixth Day of Christmas – Six Geese A-Laying – In Genesis, the creation story takes six days to create the world.
- The Seventh Day of Christmas – Seven Swans A-Swimming – The seven sacraments of the Catholic faith: baptism, communion, reconciliation (the idea that sins are forgiven once you confess and repent), confirmation, marriage, ordination, and the ritual of last rights.
- The Eighth Day of Christmas – Eight Maids A-Milking – The eight Beatitudes, which can be found in the passage of the Bible that talks about the Sermon on the Mount. Condensed, they are: Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the meek, blessed are they who mourn, blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice, blessed are the merciful, blessed are the clean of heart, blessed are the peacemakers, and blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’s sake.
- The Ninth Day of Christmas – Nine Ladies Dancing – The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
- The Tenth Day of Christmas – Ten Lords A-Leaping – The Ten Commandments, brought down by Moses and passed down as Catholic law.
- The Eleventh Day of Christmas – Eleven Pipers Piping – The eleven faithful apostles: Peter, James, John, Andrew, Phillip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Jude, and Simon (Judas is excluded due to his betrayal of Christ)
- The Twelfth Day of Christmas – Twelve Drummers Drumming – The doctrine of the Apostle’s Creed: I belive in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church)