On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing.
Gentlemen, it’s right there in black and white, take your lady dancing. Celebrate together. Go out. Have some fun. Kick up your heels. There’s nothing like having fun to bring people together.
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids a-milkin’.
Make today a day for food and fellowship. Put your hospitality efforts to work and share a meal with family, friends or both. If you don’t feel up to the work of preparing a meal at home, get everybody out together at a restaurant. Focus on strengthening the bonds between you and the people who are important in your life.
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.