The 12 Days Of Christmas

Most people have heard of the song The 12 Days of Christmas. If you have not, turn on the radio; I am sure you will hear it played within the course of a few hours.

I am wondering if anyone has ever put into thought what is offered as gifts in the 12 Days of Christmas song. The 12 gifts are:

  1. A partridge in a pear tree
  2. Two turtle doves
  3. Three French hens
  4. Four calling birds
  5. Five golden rings
  6. Six geese a-laying
  7. Seven swans a-swimming
  8. Eight maids a-milking
  9. Nine ladies dancing
  10. Ten lords a-leaping
  11. Eleven pipers piping
  12. Twelve drummers drumming

Here are a few thoughts. What in the world is with all the birds? How do you feed all the people? What does one do with all of those “gifts?” Reading through the list; the gifts do not seem very useful. Of course, at Christmas, everyone says that it is the thought that counts. What kind of useless gifts are in that song? (Yes, sarcasm is intended there.) I thought the list needed a little re-working. So, here is my list of the 12 gifts I would like to be given on the 12 days of Christmas (in no particular order).

  1. Making breakfast/brunch for my wife and watching my son explore the house on Christmas morning.
  2. Sleeping past 7:00 am.
  3. Taking my wife and Bryson to look at Christmas lights and watch Bryson marvel at the lights.
  4. Reading the real Christmas Story to Bryson.
  5. Giving gifts to my family.
  6. Opening gifts with my family.
  7. Fellowship with good friends.
  8. Books I have not yet read or a Kindle.
  9. Pumpkin Spice Latte
  10. Giving gifts to the Ronald McDonald House.
  11. Sending a Christmas picture to our Compassion Child.
  12. Fellowship with our church’s Young Adults. They are a great group. I love their passion and desire for Jesus.

What about you? What is most important to you this Christmas season?