The best Christmas gift you can give anyone, which is priceless and far cheaper than you can imagine, is “yourself.” Additionally, forget eleven pipers piping and ten lords a-leaping. Here are twelve gifts you should give yourself this year. They’ll ensure a better holiday season for you and your loved ones.”
|The 12 Days of Christmas Traditional||The 12 Days of Christmas Health & Happiness|
|1st Day – A Partridge in a Pear Tree||1st Day – Do a “brain drain” – simply set aside 10 to 15 minutes and journal worries, irritations, things you’re grateful and dreading. Shred when finished. You’ll feel better.|
|2nd Day – 2 Turtle Doves||2nd Day – Move your body. Take a walk with family after your big meal.|
|3rd Day – 3 French Hens||3rd Day – Enjoy healthy food and smart splurges. Smoothies/Mom’s pie|
|4th Day – 4 Calling Birds||4th Day-Find Rest-Crave 1 hour or 2.|
|5th Day – 5 Golden Rings||5th Day – Practice prudence – pace yourself; you don’t have to accept every invitation.|
|6th Day – 6 Geese a Laying||6th Day – Spend time with friends…connecting.|
|7th Day – 7 Swans a Swimming||7th Day – Enjoy a deeper spiritual connection; Read bible by candlelight.|
|8th Day – 8 Maids a Milking||8th Day – Embrace meaningful minimalism…letting go of things that get in the way of greatest priorities.|
|9th Day – 9 Ladies Dancing||9th Day–Take a time out. Time away/unplug.|
|10th Day – 10 Lords a Leaping||10th Day – Give back. Volunteer? Share a recipe, read to a child.|
|11th Day – 11 Pipers Piping||11th Day – Sleep … Guard your sleep routine!|
|12th Day – 12 Drummers Drumming||12th Day – Roll with it … the season will be filled with surprises, joys, disappointments & upsets. Stay calm.|
J Moss “Beyond My Reach”
A Christmas Litany by Alec Yule
Leader: As Christmas comes round year by year, Lord, we’re tempted to say, We’ve heard all this before. We know the story off by heart.
People: Forgive us, Lord, and remind us of the difference between knowing it and letting it speak to us again and again.
Leader: Lord, help us to see ourselves and our own attitudes lived out by people in the Christmas story.
People: The inn-keeper couldn’t find room for you in his inn. Lord, stop us from cluttering up our lives with things that don’t really matter, things that crowd you out.
Leader: Lord, you came into an occupied country where brutal soldiers kicked people around.
People: Lord, we thank you that you have influenced our country so much that the army doesn’t do that to us.
Leader: Lord, lots of people missed the glory when it came to Bethlehem, but unskilled labourers the shepherds saw it because they were at their jobs.
People: Lord, we pray that we may get a glory in our daily work when we do it as a service to you and to our fellows.
Leader: Lord, the wise men from the east journeyed hundreds of miles and went to endless trouble to track you down.
People: Lord, you taught us that those who really seek will find. In all times of difficulty and doubt, never let us rest content till we have worked our way through to the Christian answer.
Leader: Lord, they brought you gifts of gold and frankincense.
People: Lord, keep our eyes fixed on the great goal of life, to bring you the gold of our obedience and the incense of our worship and adoration. Amen.
Love, Joy and Peace,
Debra J. Fuller Ellis
Reminder AND/OR for those of you just joining us either by contacting me or I personally added you: The purpose of Fast Wednesdays is to draw near to God on this specific day of the week fasting and praying in whatever manner the Holy Spirit is leading you as sisters in Christ…some have fasted from social media, coffee, or observed a traditional fast with no eating from sunrise to sunset with only liquids for the day, no deserts, etc. I know many of us for various reasons participate every week but in different manners. This has still been beneficial and the sisterhood continues to grow!
The key ingredient is that we are doing this together as sisters, of all ages, in the Lord both chronologically and spiritually in accordance to: A God-Filled Life Titus 2:3-5 “Guide older women into lives of reverence so they end up as neither gossips nor drunks, but models of goodness. By looking at them, the younger women will know how to love their husbands and children, be virtuous and pure, keep a good house, be good wives. We don’t want anyone looking down on God’s Message because of their behavior.” Note: Please share Fast Wednesdays with your friends and/or send me names to add to the distribution list. For now, I will post in three places: email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (Debra Fuller Ellis) and blog.