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Old 12-11-2009, 11:54 AM   #41
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FTF Twas the night before christmas. - The Club House

Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of
Christmas trees lights up the night.

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?
This week, I found out.

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.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone here at the FTF


CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY

I wonder why the press hasn't enlightened the public about it??

Arlington National Cemetery

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Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held, your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell...
Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one the poorest parts of the state.
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'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the garage, there
wasn't a trace of a Ford or a Dodge. The presents were wrapped and the
lights were all lit, so I figured I'd mess with the Corvette for a bit.
I popped the release and I lifted the hood, when a deep voice behind me
said "Looks pretty good!"

Well, as you can imagine, I turned mighty quick, and there, by the
workbench, stood good ol' Saint Nick! We stood there a bit, not too
sure what to say, then he said "don't suppose that you'd trade for my
sleigh? I said "No Way, Santa" and started to grin, "But if you've got
the time we could go for a spin!"

His round little mouth, all tied up like a bow, turned into a smile and
he said "Hey! Ya, let's go!!" So as not to disturb all the neighbors'
retreat, we pushed the vette quietly into the street. Then taking our
places to drift down the hill, I turned on the key and I let the clutch
spill.

The sound that erupted took him by surprise, but he liked it a lot, by
the look in his eyes. With Hoosiers a' crying and headers aglow, we
headed on out where the muscle cars go. And Santa's grin widened,
approaching his ears, with every shift up as I went through the gears.

Then he yelled, "Can't recall when I've felt so alive!" So I backed off
the gas and said, "You wanna drive?" Ol' Santa was stunned when I gave
him the keys, when he walked past the headlights he shook at the knees!
Then the big block exploded with pure exhaust sound! Santa let out the
clutch and the tires shook the ground!

Power shift into second, again into third! I sat there just watching at
loss for a word. Then I heard him exclaim as we blasted from sight,
"Merry Christmas to all, it's a hell of a night!!!"
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