Twelve Days of Fitness − for Body − for Soul!

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 DayChristmas Day–Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

2nd DayFeast of Saint Stephen

3rd DayFeast of Saint John

4th DayFeast of the Holy Innocents

5th Day1st 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 DayThe Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas [12/30: Feast for various lesser-known Saints, such as Anysia & Aileran]

7th DayThe Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas [12/31: Feast for various Saints, such as Sylvester]

8th DayThe Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord; Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

9th DayMemorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen

10th DayChristmas Weekday; January 3rd: Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Jesus

11th DayMemorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

12th DaySolemnity 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 AfterGod 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.

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