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On the Sixth Day of Christmas …

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“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid;
behold I am bringing you good news of great
joy for all the people…”
–Luke 2:10

Today, December 30th, is the sixth day of Christmas. Even though the retail market and radio stations pushed Christmas for months, in our Christian faith we were in our four-week season of Advent waiting and preparing until Christmas Day. Now we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas until the Day of Epiphany on January 6, when we remember the Magi finding the Christ child and offering their gifts.

You may remember or have been singing the Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas, with the series of increasingly unique gifts given on each day. The gift for the sixth day of Christmas is six geese-a-laying. There are many legends and ideas about the meaning of this song, but the words were first published in England in 1780 as a chant or rhyme without music. The music was added from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by an English composer.

So often the excitement leading up to Christmas builds until the morning of December 25th and then it stops abruptly. On December 26 many consider Christmas over; time to watch football Bowl Games, let the New Year begin and then get back to life as normal. The truth is, most people are simply too tired after Christmas Day to do much more celebrating.

In the midst of our weariness, I invite us to remember the 12 days of Christmas and allow time in these days to reflect on what God coming to be with us as a vulnerable baby means in our lives. In Advent, we spoke often about preparing for Emmanuel, which means God with us. Now, let’s think about what this entry of God into the world in the form of a baby really means in our lives. What does Jesus, as God with us…as the Light shining in our darkness…as good news of great joy for all people really mean for our lives?

In these Christmas days, may we get wrapped in the mystery of the Good News of great joy for all people given to us at Christmas as Emmanuel…God with us!

Merry Christmas!
Jenny