The 12 Days of Christmas Meaning

As with any occasion, groups adjust specific dates according to the themes of many various activities set around Christmastime.  These may be Twelve Days of Gifts, Actions, Sayings . . . almost anything!

“The exact origins and the meaning of the song are unknown, but it is highly probable that it originated from a children’s memory and forfeit game.” -Wikipedia


Mark Lawson-Jones, Why was the Partridge in the Pear Tree?: The History of Christmas Carols, 2011

Always Reason to Celebrate the Holidays

happy-holiday-gif-wreathDidn’t it feel best, when the public was most free, at large and celebrating with no hesitations before letting fly,  “Happy Holidays”, “Merry Christmas”, “Happy Hanukkah”, etc. Happy [working] townspeople and neighborhoods of peaceful mindsets enhanced the holiday season with their varied decorations and habits.

It was a given, once, that by not pressing our ways onto others in certain environments, that we were also free to exhibit them in most environments without fear of public retribution. With the exception of one vehemently senseless preacher in Amarillo, it seems we did better this holiday season than we have in the past several.

Mine was a smooth, peaceful holiday for the most part, with only 2 bits of an underlined “Christ” in Christmas cards.

That’s fine. Perhaps it’ll be useful: we can note the underliners in our Christmas Holiday card lists and send them those specifically-religious inserts we often set aside from our combo packs for being too much of a personalized greeting under normal circumstances. It might be advisable to construct the written messages to these people in a way to avoid any assumptions about our own holiday:

“We hope, as you celebrate your [underline] Christ [underline] mas holiday, that you and yours experience the most Christ-affirming Christmas there ever was!” With Love at the Holidays, Your Thoughtful Family Member/Friend/Neighbor

Sending Love & Humor this Holiday Season, with Reason!

10 Reasons to Be More Open-Hearted this Holiday Season

santa-face-constern-hoho_pdMerry Xmas! We’re still a few weeks away from that big day. Santa’s elves are busy with their supplies, putting final touches on gifts for expectant kids the world over. While this work is underway, everyone else settles busily into their traditional holiday behaviors and social dances.

It’s common this time of year to hear the cheerful rounds, “Happy Holidays!” as we go about our business. We begin to see Christmas and holiday cards arrive in greater frequency and our excitement grows. As well, social tensions may surface.

Practice Cordial Behavior During the Holiday Season

Has the term “Xmas” ever been a issue for you . . . or a friendly wish for happy holidays? After all, it’s common during this time to hear the cheerful rounds, “Happy Holidays!” as we go about our business.

For anyone who has been blasted for extending themselves in good faith, and for those who’d take issue with them, here are one Pastor’s “Top 10 Reasons Christians Should Stop Whining About Secular Xmas“. May these factoids and urgings create a mental trigger of remembrance when heat rises in any exchange, especially online where such banter tends to spin out of control with no true end in sight.


Share this post in hope that more people can enjoy holidays of peace in absence of individualized arguments that lead to wild speculation and oppression of community members. Share it in hope that all of our communities’ members will realize that what another should do or believe in regard to this festive season and beyond are matters of cultural traditions experienced by individuals . . . and matters of freedom as well. Share in the hope that more will remember: freedom from is as important to the individual and the community as freedom of [religion].

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