The 12-Day Christmas Plan Honor the King for the whole season, not just the day

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Tired after Christmas? Stressed out, shopped out, worn out, partied out, Christmas-concerted out, etc.? If that’s your typical December, consider the following spiritual exercise. If it works for you, even the 11 “Days of Christmas” that come after December 25th can be truly invigorating to you and truly honoring to the baby born to be King.


The 12-day plan helps you view 2013 in retrospect and 2014 in prospect, setting the whole exercise against the backdrop of the seven seasons of the Messianic Year. Each day, use the appropriate affirmation (see Christmas tree diagram below) in whatever way works best for you. Each will lift your sights so much better than New Years Resolutions and football games!

 

From Dec. 25-31, reflect back on 2013 in light of each affirmation. Then from Jan. 1-6 use them again with 2014 in mind, but do them in reverse order as a “countdown to creation.” If you follow the dates in the diagram, you will make each affirmation twice except the seventh one, which is used only on New Year’s Eve. The exercise ends on January 6th, the traditional holiday of Epiphany.

 

Fine print for the mathematicians:  Yes, getting 7 affirmations to divide evenly into 12 days requires some fudging. Part of the fudge was just mentioned (7th affirmation used only once), which reduces the total affirmations from 14 to 13. This is useful because it creates a chiastic sequence with the 7th affirmation as the central point—Christ’s Second Coming not his first. The other fudge is more obvious. This “12-Day Plan” has 13 days, and the 13th (January 6th) is not one of the traditional 12 Days of Christmas. January 6th is a bridge day ending the Messianic Year in microcosm (the 12 days) and starting the Messianic Year in full (the other 353 days). Thus it gets included in the 12-Day Plan though it gets counted as the first holiday in the “Season of Life,” which celebrates creation.

 


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