Sunday, December 26, 2010

On the 1st Day of Christmas... true love gave to me
a partridge in a pear tree!
In Germany families put up their Christmas decorations a few days before Christmas and then leave them up until 3 Kings Day, or Epiphany. The song "The 12 Days of Christmas" refer to the time between Christmas and Epiphany.
I was doing some research to see when the days start (on the 25th or 26th) and I found a website with a discussion about what each of the days in the song means. According to Catholic tradition the song was a mnemonic device to teach the catechism to kids. While the meanings proposed by tradition may not be the real origin of the song, I really loved the ideas and wanted to share each day with you here. So, there will be a freebie each day representing the "gift" given on that day and a Christian explanation of that day.
So... A partridge in a pear tree refers to Jesus the Messiah being the ultimate gift and a protector of His people. The scripture reference to support this theory is Luke 13:34, "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ."
Click here or the image above to download today's freebie.


  1. This is so cool! I'm going to share this with my mom, she's really going to get a kick out of it! I had no idea the song had Catholic roots. :)

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the DigiFree category today [27 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. Great -- I'd heard there were Christian meaning behind the song, this will be fun and educational Thank you.

  4. It won't download. But I'll check bad later.

  5. Bad links are the best way to get comments!

  6. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on Dec. 27, 2010. Thanks again.

  7. Thank you for this series - you have done a beautiful job--both in design and in the research. i had the explanations a long time ago, but it's in a file "somewhere"! Now i have the graphics and the explanation of each one all in one place for quick reference!

  8. Hi!
    I'm just playing with my Christmas pix and I tried to open the Day 1 "Partridge" zip and it will not open. The rest of the zips are just fine. I wonder if there's any chance of getting another zip of this file. I'd really like to have the entire set.