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!
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:
|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|