Just 12 days now ‘til Christmas!! …Not to be confused with THE Twelve Days of Christmas, of course. But I saw an amusing health article this evening (December 13th) that I thought was rather creative (& silly) about a very different kind of 12 days: “the 12 days of fitness”… involving an accumulating circuit of exercises over a twelve-day period [per Huffington Post].
So naturally I started singing it along to the classic tune! Here goes…
On the 1st day of fitness, my true love gave to me, a one-minute plank to do.
On the 2nd day of fitness, my true love gave to me, two-minute wall squat, and a 1-minute plank to do.
On the 3rd day of fitness, my true love gave to me, 3-minute bridge, 2-minute wall squat, and a 1-minute plank to do.
On the 4th day of fitness, my true love gave to me… [See link for complete list]
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/12/12-days-of-fitness_n_4277152.html?utm_hp_ref=health-fitness&ir=Health+and+Fitness Wow! [Did you sing along with me?!]
But the REAL “Twelve Days” must wait for now — until December 25th.
And as for the real song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, it seems we don’t really know what it’s all about. But about 20 years ago, a Byzantine Catholic priest [Fr. Hal Stockert] published an interesting explanation for each of the 12 gifts (with 12 hidden meanings), as a form of catechesis from the past. And although Fr. Stockert’s story has since been called a theory of mostly fiction, it still is a very clever use of symbolism that we can appreciate, and sing along to—over & over again!
Plus, regardless of this song, the Christmas Season is actually a season of many wonderful feasts… A very special 12 days, indeed!
1sr Day: Christmas Day–Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord
2nd Day: Feast of Saint Stephen
3rd Day: Feast of Saint John
4th Day: Feast of the Holy Innocents
5th Day: 1st Sunday after Christmas 12/29/2013 = Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph [12/29 is also Feast Day of St. Thomas Becket]
6th Day: The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas [12/30: Feast for various lesser-known Saints, such as Anysia & Aileran]
7th Day: The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas [12/31: Feast for various Saints, such as Sylvester]
8th Day: The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
9th Day: Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen
10th Day: Christmas Weekday; January 3rd: Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus
11th Day: Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
12th Day: Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord; [1/5: also Feast Day of St. John Neumann]
Lots to do in 12 Days for body & soul–Before Christmas and After! God Bless–EF12/13/2013
[Sources used for meaning/origin of “The 12 Days of Christmas” song: ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/TWELVDAY.TXT; ewtn.com/vexperts/showmessage.asp?number=339490&Pg=&Pgnu=&recnu=; catholicism.about.com/b/2012/12/29/the-true-meaning-of-the-twelve-days-of-christmas.htm]
2013.–The Way to Nourish for Life.