December 22, 2011

On The First Day of Christmas . . .

But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;  for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”. Luke 2:10-11 (NASB)

Last week we attended a Christmas party and of course, we indulged in the tradition of singing Christmas carols. It was sweetly done after an evening of good food and fun fellowship. However, sweetness went out the window and general goofiness ensued when someone directed us to sing The Twelve Days of Christmas, in parts and complete with silly hand motions. Bob and I were “four calling birds” and it was a hoot.

Yet, I am forced to admit, it is my least favorite Christmas song. Why?  I don’t know maybe it’s because I don’t like pears and I only watch the Partridges on reruns. However, many years ago working in a small office, for a small church,  partially in the woods, I heard on the radio one day just before Christmas that old familiar tune with much different words. I recall them as:

On the first day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me, a Savior to set the world free!

I had the entire version written down – now committed to the black of hole “stuff” somewhere in my house – but I did manage to find this on the Internet. Today, I bid you, from my house to yours, Merry Christmas!

The Twelve Days of Christmas
by - Carroll Roberson


On the first day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: salvation full and free.

On the second day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the third day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: Peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the fourth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: love for all men, Peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the fifth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the sixth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me; power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the seventh day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the eighth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the ninth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the tenth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: streets of pure gold, mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the eleventh day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: a thousand tongues to sing, streets of pure gold, mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.

On the twelfth day of Christmas Jesus gave to me: eternity to praise, a thousand tongues to sing, streets of pure gold, mansions above, a robe and a crown, a body glorified, power from on high, joy for my soul, love for all men, peace in my heart, everlasting life, and salvation full and free.


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