1st Day of the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
The Nativity of the Lord or Christmas
Nativity means birth
"The first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...."
The partridge in the pear tree represents Christ
The Church primarily celebrates Christmas from Christmas Day until the Solemnity of the Epiphany, which commemorates the manifestation of Christ as the Savior of the whole world. The Church has also traditionally celebrated Christmas for 40 days, culminating on the Feast of the Presentation.
During this time, the birth of Christ is celebrated as one continuous festival.
Christmas trees & decorations stay up until the Epiphany (some call this day Old Christmas Day) and the Nativity stays up until Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Presentation of the Lord, which isn’t until February 2nd.
This marked the end of a joyful 40-day “Christmastide” that corresponded to the 40 days of solemn Lent.
O little town of Bethlehem...
Grotto of the Nativity, The Church of the Nativity, also known as Basilica of the Nativity
The spot where Christ was born
Songs of the season:
Today starts the first day of Christmas
The 12 Days of Christmas
The "True Love" one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Christ because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.
The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments
The three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love.
The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
The five golden rings represented the first five books of the Old Testament, which describe man's fall into sin and the great love of God in sending a Savior.
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-----Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience [Forbearance], Goodness [Kindness], Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Continency [Chastity].
The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.
~12 Days of Christmas Explained~
12 Days of Christmas!
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Joy to the World!
My Italian/Polish/Southern American Christmas....yes it is something to behold!
Merry Christmas & Buon Natale!
Items that will fill our table will be
Salad, Antipasto Platter
Lasagna, Gnocchi, Ravioli, Chicken Marsala & Meatballs!
Tiramisu, Cannolis, Cookies like Ricotta cookies and Pizzelles....ohhhhh there are so many cookies!!,
Breads, & Wine!
Polish Pierogis & Kielbasa with Red horseradish
Poppy seed cake
Southern Style would be Iced Tea, Seafood Gumbo & Ham too...
6 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1/4 cup whiskey
3/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
zest of an orange
Mix all Ingredients until smooth.
Heat your pizzelle iron. Grease it as directed in the manufacturer's instructions.
Cook the pizzelle according to the instructions that came with your iron. In general, they'll take between 45 seconds and 2 1/2 minutes to brown.
Remove the pizzelle from the iron, and cool on a rack. If desired, use a pair of scissors to trim any ragged edges.
Dust cooled pizzelle with confectioners' sugar, if desired.