The Twelve Days of Christmas is much more than just an over-played tune on department store Muzak. It also refers to the 12 day celebration of the coming of Christ beginning with His birth on December 25th and going through Epiphany on January 6. This Christmas season I’m using the book Unwrapping the gifts—The Twelve Days of Christmas by Curtis Almquist to help me unwrap the blessings we have in Christ.
Brother Almquist is a member of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge Massachusetts. I had the pleasure of meeting him and many other wonderful brothers during a recent prayer retreat at their monastery.
The first day’s reading (December 26th) is on The Gift of Love in which Brother Almquist compels us to live our lives as a gift. My take-way line from today’s story is, “So receive life as a gift, not simply a given.”