Last Soul Food for 2011

Happy Holidays!

I hope your holiday season remains magical and full of light!

In the spirit of magic, here are a couple of tricks that should keep the awe and wonder going…

“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism; the way you play it is free will.” –Jawaharlal Nehru

“I will see it when I believe it.”— Dr. Wayne Dyer

Triple bottom line accounting (people, planet and profits) continues to evolve, and while evolution is painfully slow this link invites us to breathe with mother earth which is changing painfully quickly…

“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.”— Roger Crawford

Whatever kind of light you choose to illuminate the holidays, here are some cool examples from around the world along with the decoding of the 12 days of Christmas Carol at the end…click the link below to see:

Holidays Around the World

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,  swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. 

  1. The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ. 
  2. Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
  3. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
  4. The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John. 
  5. The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament. 
  6. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation. 
  7. Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit- Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy. 
  8. The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes. 
  9. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. 
  10. The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments. 
  11. The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
  12. The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

There’s your history lesson for today, and how that strange song became a Christmas Carol…so pass it on if you wish.

A bit too heavy for you? Need some lighter soul food fare and just feel like acting the goat?

See you in the New Year!

Pay it forward…


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