Summary: A fun sermon for Christmas.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Cardiff Heights Baptist
25th December 2000
(As we went through the twelve days of Christmas people were given
objects; instruments and instructions about what to do and asked to do
demonstrations. It created a fun celebratatory atmosphere and at the
end of the message we sung the song with all the people who were
“volunteered” doing their thing)
That’s my gift to you. A bad joke so that the jokes you are going to get
from those christmas bon bon cracker things won’t seem quite so bad.
One of the things Catherine did this year was to put all our Christmas
cards on the blinds of the window in the living room. There are quite a
few of them but everytime we get a descent gust of wind, something very
welcome with the heat we have been experiencing, but all these cards
would blow off. So I thought I would bring in a few and do a brief survey
of the different kinds of cards that we got this year.
The classic nativity scene was of course amongst the cards but the three
kings seemed to be the card of choice amongst the cards with a religious
orientation. This ingenius card managed to capture both. Thanks
The scenery shots were also a popular choice, of course the scenery
was always snow covered houses and other scenes foriegn to my
Of course there were the Santa cards. This is a particularly jolly Santa
dancing and playing his flute with birds fluttering about. This ones from
Bob and Pam. Cool
Then there’s the icon kind of cards the Christmas tree and the wreath.
Oh the Brown’s
But these one’s are my favourite’s. “Season’s Greetings”. Don’t you just
love it when someone sends you a card that says, “Hi, its summer”. And
here’s another that says hi its summer. Wait a sec these caroler’s all
have winter clothes on. A confused season’s greetings.
The other thing that this card reminds us of at Christmas is the singing of
Christmas songs. While I have heard lots of Christmas songs sung this
year there is one that I haven’t heard. Well there are probably lots but for
the purposes of this sermon we’ll say one. And that song is the twelve
days of Christmas.
At first glance this song doesn’t seem to have much to do with
Christianity but this was intentional. From 1558 to 1829 Roman
Catholic’s in England were not able to practice their faith openly so they
had to find other ways to pass on their beliefs. The song “The Twelve
Days of Christmas” is one example of how they did it.
The last time through the song we sing: “On the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love gave to me...”
Can anyone guess who the true love might be. God.... God is our one
true and perfect love.
What was the Twelfth gift from the true love? “Twelve drummers
drumming”. The twelve drummers drumming were the twelve points of
the Apostles’ Creed. I won’t read it but it is a statement of the Christian
faith. It tells us about who the Father is...who Jesus is and who the Holy
What was the Eleventh gift from the true love? Eleven pipers piping. The
“eleven pipers piping” were the eleven ‘faithful’ disciples. I love this Bible
over here. It has pictures. You have the eleven disciples all looking nice
and trustworthy and then you have Judas looking all weedy and evil.
What was the tenth gift from the true love? Ten Lords a leaping. The ten
lords a leaping were the ten commandments.
No other Gods; no idols; misusing the Lord’s name; Rmember the
Sabbath; Honour your parents, don’t murder, committ adultery, steal, lie
or covet. A gift to know the will of God.
What was the ninth gift? Nine ladies dancing. The “nine ladies dancing”
were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit found in the book of Galatians.
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentlness
What about the eigth gift? Eight maids a milking. The “eight maids
a-milking” were the eight beatitudes. They gave importance to the week,
the poor and the meek... the opposite to where the world puts
importance. Just as Christ’s birth turned the world on his head so did his
message. His message was revolutionary to the way the world wants to
What was the seventh gift? Seven Swans a swimming. The “seven
swans a-swimming” were the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit listed in
Read Romans 12:6-8
What was the sixth gift? Six geese a-laying. The “six geese a-laying”
were the six days of creation. Reminding us that God is the creater of all