Monday, December 14, 2009

The Countdown & Awards

I’m not a mathematical person. This post will prove it. I’m a day off. The countdown to Christmas has begun. In 25 Days, 26 Ways to Make This Your Best Christmas Ever, Ace Collins reminds us of the wonderful message in the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. (Check back tomorrow for a special book review of this excellent book.) I’m going to highlight the meaning behind the lyrics to The Twelve Days of Christmas today. Also, I’m throwing awards out there in cyberspace. No rules come with these awards. Only celebration.

On the first day of Christmas…a partridge = Jesus
On the second day of Christmas…two turtledoves = the Old Testament and the New Testament
On the third day of Christmas…three French hens = Faith, Hope & Love
On the fourth day of Christmas…four calling birds = the Gospels
On the fifth day of Christmas…five gold rings = the first five books of the Old Testament
On the sixth day of Christmas…six geese a-laying = Days of creation
On the seventh day of Christmas…seven swimming swans = gifts of the Holy Spirit
On the eighth day of Christmas…eight maids a-milking = the blessed ones from the Beatitudes
On the ninth day of Christmas…nine ladies dancing = gifts of the Holy Spirit (and my dear friend, Anne L.B. I visit her blog, Building His Body every weekday for spiritual wisdom)
On the tenth day of Christmas…ten leaping lords = the Ten Commandments
On the eleventh day of Christmas…eleven pipers piping = the faithful apostles
On the twelfth day of Christmas…twelve drummers drumming = those who BELIEVE

Today I’m excited to present 12 Drum Awards to those bloggers who have moved me by the music of their lives…
Susan Mills at A Walk in My Shoes
Jeanette Levellie at
Audience of One
Heather Sunseri at
Balance With Purpose
Gwen Stewart at Singer-Scribe
Ellie Kings at Matters of the Heart
Rosslyn Elliott at Inkhorn Blue
Janna Qualman at Something She Wrote
T. Anne at White Platonic Dreams
Kristen Torres-Toro at Write in the Way
Beth at This Mommy’s Life
Natalie Bahm
Rachel Held Evans

I’ll be sending more awards out in cyberspace soon because there are so many influential blogs out there. I thank each of the bloggers listed above for the ways they continue to move me.

*photos by flickr
**I’ll be over at
To Live Beautiful later today


  1. Wendy: You bring me to tears, my dear. Thank you for this honor. May it return to you 100-fold, in your marriage, family, writing, health, and walk with the Lord.

    Grateful for you,
    Audience of ONE

    P.S. Loved the new Tweleve Days Lyrics! Clever!

  2. Thanks for posting those lyrics! And I totally agree with your choice of blogs! :)

  3. Ah, thanks, Wendy. I feel the same way about you. Thanks for the meaning of the lyrics. I love that. I'm copying and pasting that so I can share it with others.

  4. Wow, Wendy, thank you so much! I am honored!!! You made my day! I'm so thankful for you--and your blog--too!

  5. Thanks for the Twelve Days. That's something worth printing and displaying each Christmas! I love finding the 'real meaning of Christmas' to share with those around me. Here in Australia, where our Christmas is sun-filled and hot, we seem to be worlds away from the snow scenes others enjoy this time of year. But the Birth of Jesus unites us all, no matter what the weather is doing :)

  6. I've heard about the meaning behind the 12 days of Christmas and the origins too. It's so fascinating!

  7. Very cool to see such a breakdown!

    Thanks so much for the award, Wendy. I appreciate it!

  8. Never read the 12 Days like this. Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoyed clicking through some new blogs. Good choices. I especially liked This Mommy's Life. So many good writers out there!

  9. Yours is the best Twelve Days of Christmas!

  10. I've never seen the 12 days of Christmas explained that way. I loved it.

  11. I'm so honored! Thank you. Love the break down of the lyrics. I think all of Christmas should reflect Christ in every way possible.

  12. BTW, I love that you mention Anne L.B. She is so inspirational!

  13. Interesting explanation of the song. I've never heard that before!
    Congrats to all the recipients! I read most of those blogs and agree, they're fantastic. :-)

  14. I've read that 12 days of Christmas before and it's a great reminder! Thanks :O)

  15. I've never seen this 12 Days interpretation. What a nice perspective to give to such a popular song!

  16. Love the interpretation of 12 Days...and the links for new blogs to visit! Thanks, Wendy.

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  17. I love the twelve days of Christmas all broken down. Thanks for sharing that! And congrats to all of the terrific bloggers you awarded--they are very special!

  18. I loved the song breakdown! All those things embody the reason for the season. Jesus!

    Congratulations to all winners!

  19. I love that photo, and this post. I'm emailing it to my PC to hang onto it.

    Thank you for including me in the ladies dancing, and for your uplifting words of commendation. Praise the Lord that He uses me! Next time you're on my blog, scroll down to the very bottom of the page.

    I love you! Hugs! ;D

  20. I've never seen the twelve days of Christmas explained in that way. Thanks for posting.

    Congratulations to the winners!

  21. Liked your interp of the song.

    Good selection of blogs, some of which I am familiar with.

    Have a good Christmas. wb

  22. I had never seen it like that. Love your translation of the lyrics. Congrats to all. Thank you for the gift of your friendship, Wendy and for the award. xo

  23. Oh, my, Wendy! Thank you so much for the incredible award and for being my friend! I've never seen the meanings of the 12 days like that. I love that!!

    I'm writing about music for my blog right now. Isn't that funny it's the same day I receive a music award?

  24. I love this post. Just thought you'd want to know. :)

  25. Awesome post! I love learning the different languages in symbolism. Words are wonderful tools. :D

  26. Hey Wendy! Thank you for honoring me with the award. What you say really touches me. I am *very* glad that we are blog friends.


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