A Very Festive Celebration

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First we light the advent candles each week until Christmas. Some sing the 12 days of Christmas with gusto. Well, as we found out last night!

There are two Sunday School classes at Temple Baptist that came together and hosted a dinner last night at the Jim Elliott School gym. The classes are for those 50 and older. The dinner was cooked by the Salvation Army chef and his crew and it was delicious. Roast beef, marinated chicken, small roasted potatoes , green beans, a roll and cheesecake for dessert. Yum!

Dale couldn't get Doris or me to look at the camera!

We sat with some friends and Dale sat next to the Janet’s son, Dave, and they talked all through the meal. I’m glad they had each other because the rest of our table were women! Our entertainment was a young couple, Ben and Sam. She played the piano while Ben played the sax and the bassoon. They treated us to jazz, country, old-time favorites and a round of Name That Tune.

We also had a nice talk by Captain Williams from the Salvation Army. The church supports this organization by having many different donation runs each year. At Christmas time it is the Angle Tree and purchasing toys for kids. What a great organization the Salvation Army is to the town of Lodi. And Lodi supports it very well.

The end of the dinner was a rousing rendition of The 12 Days of Christmas with every participating. Twelve table were assigned a number that corresponded to this song. Our table was 3 – three French Hens. That meant each table had to sing when their number came up. Those table without a number sang on the #5 – 5 Gold Rings!

I had never heard the song describe like this but Christians say it means this:

Christians give the following meanings to the gifts:

“The Twelve Days of Christmas”
Gift Interpretation
A partridge in a pear tree Jesus
Two turtle doves The Old and New Testaments
Three French hens The three kings bearing gifts
Four calling [sic] birds The four Gospels
Five gold rings The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a-laying The six days of Creation
Seven swans a-swimming Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight maids a-milking The eight Beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten lords a-leaping The Ten Commandments
Eleven pipers piping The eleven faithful Apostles
Twelve drummers drumming The twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed
From Wikipedia.
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