On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me….. Nine ladies dancing
A really popular thing to do at Christmas time is to go the the theatre and watch a ballet. (Although not this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic). Scenes from Swan Lake or the Nutcracker are so magical, watching a story unfold on stage through the talented dancers. The ladies dancing from this song are according to the Christian background to the song, representing the nine fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are all attributes of the Holy Spirit that come with knowing Christ and are from a Bible passage in Galatians Chapter 5.
At Christmas it is perhaps easy to think about the virtues of love, joy and peace and often these messages are seen on cards and thinking of all the Christmas goodwill. What about self-control? I know that is often something that goes out the window ‘because it’s Christmas’. Anyone trying to stick to a diet would agree? Perhaps it is a reminder this year to consider self-control. maybe to not say what you really think to a family member and choose to exercise this gift and be a person of peace.
For an eco inspired gift, I have recently discovered this lovely Eco gift company called Cotton Twist. They are definitely the place to go to for plastic-free stocking fillers, party bags and little craft kits. They have a whole range of Eco gifts but I particularly like their peg dolls. I really like that they are carefully designed to be things that children would actually want to receive. There is definitely nothing lacking in being ‘eco’ and nothing is a compromise from the commitment to use alternatives to plastic. Their pricing is fair too for good quality and their delivery is also quick. What is not to love?
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me Nine Ladies dancing, Eight Maids a Milking, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a laying, Five Gold Rings, Four Calling Birds, Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and A Partridge in a Pear Tree.