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What Is A Partridge In A Pear Tree

I’m sure some of you may know this already, but for me, this was a very enlightening story.  I have sung this song (12 Days of Christmas) since I was as little as I can remember.  Drinking lots of hot chocolate and walking around the neighborhoods with my mom and grandmother singing Christmas Carol’s just like this one.

This particular Christmas Carol always baffled me, but I never questioned it, and just sang it anyway.  Kinda like “Ring Around The Rosie” which I’ll save for another post and another time. So what in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?  Well I just recently found out… Did you know?

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Back in 1558, and up until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that time and era wrote this “carol” as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning that was known only to the members of their church.

Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching,Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So there is the history of this classic Holiday Carol. This was shared with me recently and I found it very interesting and enlightening. Now you know more about the tune that became what is known today as one of the most popular and most sung Christmas Carols of all time.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Best Home Security Tips

There once was a time when you could leave your door open and unlocked all night long.burglar

I remember when people would leave their car windows down and doors unlocked in the driveway for days at a time or at least until it rained.

The world has changed and if you want your home to be protected and more importantly, safe… then here’s some of the best home security tips you’ll find available to help you protect your investments, your family and your neighbors and the community where you live and play.

  • Change all the locks and tumblers when you move into a new house
  • Place security provider yard signs in highly visible areas
  • Have post office hold mail/news papers when leaving for extended periods
  • Test security system with provider before leaving on vacation
  • Hide valuables like jewelry, money etc. in the walls, use space between wall studs
    to install fake outlets, wall safe’s, behind picture safes etc.
  • Stash valuables inside cereal boxes and fake soup cans in the kitchen,
    Burglars rarely if ever rob or look for goods in the kitchen.
  • Occasionally check windows to insure they are locked
  • Store ladders inside, not on side of the house or backyard
  • Hide external wiring, Burglars look to cut off electricity, alarm systems, phones, etc.
  • If you lose your keys, change the locks immediately
  • Don’t leave keys outside of home in hide a key boxes
  • Spare key solution: wrap the key in foil and bury it where you can find it if needed
  • Take pictures (and keep updated records) of all valuables
  • Don’t let newspapers pile up on the porch when you’re on vacation
  • Don’t leave notes for service people or family members on the door
  • Consider your landscaping plan in light of your protection needs
  • Turn water main off and put lights on timers when leaving for extended periods
  • If you have an alarm, activate it even when you’re home
  • Protect your trash. Shred financial docs and don’t place empty boxes from expensive items
    in the garbage until the night before garbage day. Robbers do sift through your trash
  • Do not update Facebook profile while on vacation
  • If someone comes to your door asking to use the phone to call a mechanic or the police,
    keep the door locked and make the call for them yourself
  • Lock up your home, even if you go out only for a short time
  • Dogs and Geese are good deterrents to burglars and intruders
  • Don’t forget to shut the garage door whenever you don’t need access to it
  • Get to know all the neighbors, their eyes on your home is added security
  • Have a plan and always be prepared by discussing what to do if and when….

robberSometimes common sense just isn’t enough. Always remember that while you and I may put little thought or effort into thinking about ways to protect our homes and families, the unwelcome intruder spends every waking moment of everyday trying to find newer, better, and faster ways to take advantage of our passive and naive attempts at home protection and safety.

Don’t take this topic for granted and remember that “everyone” is vulnerable and a candidate for this type of unfortunate event. Better safe… than sorry.

Red Beacon Guaranty

Red Beacon Delivers to Home Owners

Red Beacon LogoRed Beacon is a really cool new service that we heard about while shopping at Home Depot. The employees at Home Depot are awesome, they really do know their stuff, but you can’t take the employees home with you to actually do the work!? You know, the electrical, the plumbing, fix the sprinklers, or repair the garbage disposal.

They know how to do it, they can even explain it and show you in the store, but they just aren’t allowed to leave the store and come to your place to do the actual work.

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As we made our final purchases at the Home Depot store located in Fairfield CA, the cashier pointed our attention to a small red sign located at the exit that promoted the Red Beacon site and their service. When I got home with our Brand New French door (which was still in its frame and needing to be installed), I went to the Red Beacon website, selected the job I needed done, and clicked on the submit button. That was it!

Within minutes I had a bid from a local contractor to install the door. Within 10 minutes, I had three bids and had selected the one I thought that best fit our needs and price. Very reasonable!

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Best of all, the service at Red Beacon was free, the workmanship was backed by their $1000.00 guaranty, and the work was completed to out total satisfaction and amazement.

Red Beacon is a beacon of light to us homeowners who can handle some of the little things around the house, but when it comes to hanging doors, repairing sheet rock, painting, electrical, plumbing, and major repairs and installations, they get us the right person to get the job done.

We will never worry or thumb through the phone book for local services again. Red Beacon Rocks, and we will be using the service again and again for as long as we live and own our homes!

I just now searched for an electrical engineer and a sheet rock expert to come over and do a couple projects we’ve needed done for a while.

Red beacon Jobs

In the time it took me to write this article, four pre-approved vendors have already contacted me via email, now I just need to review their proposals, read their reviews from previous customers, and select the one I want based on the price that works for us.

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It really doesn’t get much better than that, thanks Red Beacon!

red beacon emailsNote: Red Beacon currently only services 11 major metro cities and areas, but have more coming soon.