This is the fourth in an 11 part series on The Twelve Days of Christmas, go here to read part one.
Before I get to the Five Golden Rings, I wanted to share a very interesting fact I learned last week. It has to do with the origin of word Xmas.
Growing up, I was taught it was sacrilegious to use the word “Xmas”–that is was removing Christ from Christmas. Now I discover the opposite is true. According to Snopes, Dictionary.com, The History of Christmas, and many other reliable sources, the “X” is actually a reference to Christ. In Greek, the letter “X” is chi, and the word ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ translates to “Christos,” or Christ. Christos is abbreviated by X, much like William is abbreviated Wm. X has been used as the accepted abbreviation for Christ for centuries, it wasn’t until modern times that we found it offensive and demeaning to substitute Christ with an X in Christmas.
Now lets talk about those five golden rings. These rings represent the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy)–also known as the Pentateuch, or Jewish Torah