The 12 days of Christmas re:mix
At the all age service on Sunday past, the task I set myself was to reword the 12 days of Christmas with some more explicitly Biblical material than the original. The idea being that the song introduces not just the themes of the original Christmas story, but also some of the things that the gospels explain Jesus went on to do in His earthly life. All with some dressing up, dashing round the Church getting some Bible readings, a bit of comedy with a powerpoint, etc.
Hopefully it makes sense as you read through!
In reverse order:
On the twelfth day of Christmas the Lord God gave to me:
12 disciples following
11 shepherds watching
10 thousand angels
9 ungrateful lepers
7 great I AMs
6 hours on a cross
5 loaves of bread
4 giveness from sin
3 gifts from wise men
2 turtle doves and...
A light so the blind can now see!
When you think about each one of the aspects I've identified, you'll see the rich veins of theology running through the song. Like for example the intrinsic nature of light being the first thing God imputes into the world at creation, and a key characteristic of Jesus' nature as identified in the prologue of John's gospel. Or the fact that the two turtle doves were required by the Levitical law (Leviticus 12: 8, if you're asking) - a foreshadowing of Jesus' fulfilment of the law in its entirety, yet also His declaration that He has not come to abolish the law. A fascinating and thought-provoking thing to look through. And also a daft wee song!