Unto us a Child is born.
Come let us adore him.
Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.
O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully reflect on Christ’s story and how it relates to our own. Amen.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Two turtle doves.
In modern times, the turtle dove has come to mean friendship. There is a tradition to buy two turtle dove Christmas ornaments – one for you and one for a friend.
Two turtle doves are said to represent the Old and New testaments in the Bible. However, they are also used as a sacrifice in the temple and would likely be what Mary and Joseph took when we read the story of Simeon and Anna.
Second day of Christmas – December 26 : GIVE
After a day marking the birth of Jesus, the Christmas season briefly shifts its focus to what it means to live (and die) for Christ. Today marks the first of three feast days, that of St Stephen. It’s also Boxing Day in many countries around the world, a tradition that originated in Europe in the Middle Ages through almsgiving (via a box in the sanctuary). In 19th century England, the tradition expanded to include employees, who would often receive boxes of money or gifts in gratitude for their service throughout the year. (adapted from https://www.asacredjourney.net/12-days-of-christmas)