Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas is more than a song. It is part of the Christian calendar beginning with Christmas Day and ending on Epiphany Day.  Imagine what advertisers could do with that if they ever got wind of the twelve days!

I’m personally glad it is hidden from the mass marketers. It gives us space to reflect on the God who refused to leave us to the whims and wishes of our own desires but rather at great cost came close. These twelve days are a celebration and reminder of the Nativity scene. For unlike popular opinion, the Magi did not make it on the night of the birth. It likely would have been a year or more of following the star, inquiring of Herod, before finally making their way to Bethlehem.  All the while Jesus would have been born, named in the Temple and circumcised on the eight day after his birth in keeping with the Jewish law.

God is with us. There is no better gift today, tomorrow or for ever. Let’s enjoy it for a few day shall we?

Published by Todd Nelson

I'm one of the pastors at First United Methodist Church in Lexington, Kentucky where I've served for the past thirteen years. The sub-title of this blog is "Grace is no accident" which happens to be the defining reality of my life. God's grace (gift) is the reason we have breath in our lungs and hope in our hearts.

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