The Real 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas: The Story Behind a Favorite Christmas Song (Traditions of Faith from Around the World)Today is the 2nd (of 12) day of Christmas and in our home, our annual tradition of moving the wise men towards the manger has begun.  We like this little way of extending the Christmas season and centering it more on Christ -- and our kids love it.  As usual, we're making use of a really great picture book called The Real 12 Days of Christmas by Helen Haidle.  The book combines great, colorful pictures with an explanation behind the Christ-centered symbolism of the famous "12 Days of Christmas" song. Today, for example, we read about the two turtledoves which remind us of the sacrifice that Mary and Joseph presented at the temple after Christ's birth in accordance with the Law of Moses.

So, you may want to pick up your copy of the book.  If not, still plan to use these "days of Christmas" as an opportunity to meditate on the incarnation with your family.

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