Twelve Drummers Drumming (The REAL Twelve Days of Christmas)

The Real Twelve Days of Christmas

It’s the twelfth day of Christmas! Tomorrow is Epiphany!

The Christmas season, or Christmastide, doesn’t actually begin until Christmas Day, lasting for the next twelve days until the Feast of Epiphany, on January 6, and celebrating the Incarnation: “God With Us”! These are the days referred to in the popular Christmas carol. So, we’re celebrating each day with a short explanation and thought. If you’re coming into the series late, click here to start with the first day:)

Here’s day twelve:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me twelve drummers drumming…

Think of a marching band. What keeps everyone in step? The rhythm of the drummers. Imagine a marching band with no drummers.  It would be chaos! The twelve drummers in the carol represent the Apostles’ Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is ancient, written shortly after the close of the New Testament, and lists twelve core beliefs that all orthodox Christians adhere to, across all denominations.

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I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Maker of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,
    born of the virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell.

The third day He arose again from the dead;

He ascended into heaven,
    and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
    from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost;
    the holy catholic church;
    the communion of saints;
    the forgiveness of sins;
    the resurrection of the body;
    and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Whenever I read or hear the Apostles’ Creed, I think of Rich Mullins’ song, Creed:

I also think of the little book Affirming the Apostles’ Creed by J.I. Packer. It’s an exposition of each line of the creed. A quick read, and one I think every Christian should take the time to go through!

Affirming the Apostles' Creed

Tomorrow is Epiphany! Do you have anything planned to recognize and celebrate it?

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