On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, seven swans a-swimming.
This idea comes from eHow.com. Take a feather from the swan as symbolism. Remember the “feather in your cap” as you reflect on the past year. Who has been a significant part of your life or what has been a crowning achievement?
Make some time today to thank the person that has had significance. Give yourself a pat on the back for the thing you have accomplished. Make a note of it and review it at this time next year to see how you are developing.
On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, six geese a laying
I think of meals as sacramental moments; each one a remembrance of Christ’s broken body and shed blood. As you celebrate the birth, take time at each meal today to remember the reason for Christ coming to earth.
On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five gold rings.
Think of the gold rings a symbolizing all that you have and share with someone in need.
- Make a post-Christmas donation to a charity. The need is still there.
- Go grocery shopping and donate some of your purchases to the local food bank.
- Give some cash to a panhandler.
- Buy a coffee for someone on the street.
As you share what you have, much more will come back to you.
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, four calling birds
- Make sure you have a diary or journal (aff)
- Bring your address book up to date
- Organise your calendar with dates that require greeting cards or letters
- Start or work on a scrapbook
- Start or work on your web presence: web sites or social media, etc.
On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, Three French Hens
On the church calendar, today is the feast day of St. John the Apostle (St. John the Divine). When Jesus was on the cross, he gave John the responsibility of looking after his mother, Mary.
On this day, look for ways to support, help or celebrate a mother. Perhaps a relative that was unable to make your holiday celebrations; a mother who has lost a child in the past year; or a senior who is on her own at this time of year.
- Give them a call
- Invite them for a meal
- Take them out for coffee
- Take them a gift basket
- Volunteer to take them or run errands for them.
This can be a lonely time of year for some mothers. Look for ways to wrap them in friendship and love.
A couple of weeks ago, I posted a piece on ending Christmas slowly. I like the idea of stretching the celebration of Christmas through the full twelve days. Over the next days, I am going to post some ideas for celebrating using the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as a guide.
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtle doves.
Turtle Doves form strong pair bonds and therefore have been used to symbolize love. On the second day of Christmas, make a date with someone you love. Whether spouse or significant other, family or friend, do something special together.
- Go for a walk.
- Meet for coffee
- Have dinner at a special restaurant
- Take in a movie
- Invite them for a home-cooked dinner
There are lots of options. Make a special time for just the two of you.