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There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? This week, I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke &John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-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--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
And now YOU know, too!
Rainy and nasty today and soooooo cold. I couldn't seem to get warm, until hubby made a roaring fire and I was snuggled under a mink blankie with three doggies.
LOST IN 2012
- Etta James (legendary singer)
- Don Cornelius ( Soul Train)
- Whitney Houston (singer)
- Davy Jones (singer)
- Mike Wallace (Journalist/Newsman)
- Dick Clark (Music Industry Legend)
- Donna Summer (singer)
- Robin Gibb (singer, BeeGees)
- Richard Dawson (TV host, actor)
- Ray Bradbury (author)
- Rodney King (Constant Police Headache)
- Andy Griffith (actor)
- Ernest Borgnine (actor)
- Sally Ride (astronaut)
- Sherman Hemsley (actor)
- Gore Vidal (author)
- Phyllis Diller (actress, USO legend)
- Jerry Nelson (puppeteer /voice of Count von Count)
- Neil Armstrong (astronaut)
- Michael Clark Duncan (actor)
- Andy Williams (singer)
- George McGovern (politician)
- Larry Hagman (actor)
- Hector "Macho" Camacho (boxer)
- Jack Klugman (actor)
- Charles Durning (actor)
- Norman Schwarzkopf (General, US Army)
(1) pound confectioners' sugar, plus more if needed
(5) tablespoons meringue powder (wilton.com)
(1/2) cup water, plus more if needed
Beat together sugar, meringue powder, and water with a mixer. Test it with a toothpick on a piece of freezer paper: Icing should form a domed dot that doesn't spread. If it forms a peak, it's too thick, so add a little more water, 1/2 teaspoon at a time. If it doesn't hold the dot shape, add a little more sugar, 1 teaspoon at a time.
Divide icing equally among bowls. Mix different colors in different bowls.
Transfer icing to resealable plastic bags. Squeeze into corner, close off top tightly with rubber bands, and cut a small opening in a corner of each bag to create a piping bag. Do this for each color.
Pipe dots onto freezer sheets, alternating colors, in any pattern desired.Let stand, uncovered, until dots are firm and dry enough to be pulled off papers, about 2 days.
Editor's Note: One box of confectioners' sugar yields enough royal icing to make 10 strips of 60 dots.