Dec 29, 2023

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Five Golden Rings

Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!

Why Five Golden rings on the Fifth Day of Christmas?

Five Golden Rings are symbolic of the Pentateuch, the first five Books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Numbers, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.

On the occasions when I hear the “12 Days of Christmas” song playing, as soon as it gets to the line of “five golden rings”, I can hear my dad’s voice ring out. That part of the song always reminds me of him and how he would hold the words fiiiiiiivvve gooooolden riiiiiings, ba-da-bum-bum! Hearing the song also makes me think of how strange my sense of time is during this season.

What day of the week is it today?

It is so easy to lose track of the days of the week during the Christmas season. These days between Christmas and New Years Day can seem to run one into the other, especially if work or school schedules are on hiatus.

Looking through our decorations – many gifted to us over the years by family and friends, or those passed on to us from dear ones who are no longer of this earth – I recall the many Christmas seasons of my youth. Often my father would have this particular week off work. Many evenings our family would watch old movies by the light of the Christmas tree and other decorations. Mom would head to bed early. Dad would fall asleep snoring in his recliner or on the couch. We kids would be lazing about on the other furniture or on the floor in front of the old console TV, snagging candy canes from the Christmas tree or other holiday treats from the kitchen as we watched old Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedies.

Compared to today, it seemed like a slower pace of life. It probably was just as chaotic for our parents as it seems for parents of today. But for a kid back then, the Christmas break was a time for spending with family, playing with new toys, making and indulging in treats (perhaps too many? 😊 ), and relaxing.

How did your family spend the Christmas break when you were a child? How are you doing things differently as an adult? What traditions have you kept or created?

Something to think about!

Merry Christmas,

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.
~Roy L. Smith


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