12 Days of Christmas Become My 8 Nights of Chanukah–Tradition Redeemed

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    I don’t suspect there are many reading this who celebrate Chanukah, but I wanted to share something with my RITAN family. As a Jewish kid growing up, we celebrated both Chanukah and X-mas (no Christ in my Christmases as a child), but neither of them held any spiritual significance for me.

    My daughter, on the other hand, got to celebrate both of them with spiritual meaning attached to each holiday. My daughter is now in graduate school, but is home for the holidays. My Mom, who died back in 2008, had a tradition of giving my daughter, her only grandchild, a packet of 8 Chanukah envelopes, each filled with Chanukah gelt (money) with an amount matching the day of Chanukah it was (day 1, $1, day 2 $2, etc.) Giving Chanukah gelt to kids is a common tradition among the Jewish people.

    This year, to keep the tradition going, I am doing the envelopes, with an added dimension. In each envelope there is a scripture verse that focuses on some truth or attribute about the Lord, which is then incorporated into the “12 Days of Christmas” melody. Instead of, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.” we will be singing, “On the first night of Chanukah, the Lord God gave to me…”

    So here are my Eight Nights of Chanukah. You will have to apply the melody of the “12 Days of Christmas” to catch my intention with this. I give you my scripture reference, along with the corresponding words from 12 Days to help you apply the melody. So, on the last night of Chanukah, here is what the whole thing will “sing” like:

    On the eighth night of Chanukah, the Lord God gave to me…

    His Holy Spirit–Luke 11:13 (eight maids a-milkin’)

    His grace and mercy–Hebrews 4:16 (seven swans a-swimmin’)

    His lovingkiness–Psalm 36:10 (six geese a-layin’)

    Eeee-ternal life–John 3:16 (five golden rings)

    The Blessed Hope–Titus 2:11-14 (four calling birds)

    Forgiveness–Daniel 9:9 (three french hens)

    His Word of Truth–2 Tim 2:15 (two turtledoves)

    And His Blood to redeem and set free–1 Peter 1:17 (and a partridge in a pear tree)

    Happy Chanukah as we celebrate the One who takes what we have in the natural (one night of oil, a few fish & loaves) and supernaturally causes it to meet the need and overflow in abundance. Maranatha, Lord Yeshua!!!

    John 14:1-3 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."


    I love it! Eeeeternal life! :yahoo:

    Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

    Tender Reed
    Tender Reed

    How lovely, thanks for sharing. Again, may we all be surprised and enjoy a divine appointment with our God!


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