The 12 Days of Giving: Introduction

You may have heard a song played around this time of year called “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” You know, the one about partridges and pear trees, french hens, ladies dancing, swans-a-swimming (wtf?) and FIVE GOLD RINGS!!! ? Even though the song is over 300 years old, it fits right into the shopping frenzy that seems to happen around this time of year. (By the way, to actually purchase all those things for your True Love will cost you $78,100 in 2007 dollars according to CNN/Money.)

The actual 12 days of Christmas, called Christmastide, begin on December 25 and end on January 6th. These days represent the time between Jesus being born and when the Magi arrived bearing their gifts. The last day is called Epiphany (also called Twelfth Night) and depending on which Christian sect you belong to, you may celebrate Christmas anywhere along in those 12 days.

We can all get a little lost about “The True Meaning Of Giving” at this time of year what with all the shopping, cooking, wrapping, working, traveling and stressing, so we at MetroBlogging LA are going to spend these next 12 days suggesting ways you can give in even more meaningful ways. Perhaps by the end you will have your own Epiphany about your New Year’s Resolutions and will add to them with a promise to give back in the 08.

Merry Christmas (for those who celebrate) and Happy Holidays to all.

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3 thoughts on “The 12 Days of Giving: Introduction”

  1. I get it….”A partridge in a pear tree”, that’s Danny Bonaduce when he did the “Partridge Family” sitcom a bajillion years ago.

    The gift of laughter, good one there Julia! Hope you have a great holiday.

  2. We have a tradition I think would be great for anyone interested to replicate. We have a “gotluck” (play on potluck) party, where family members and friends either make or bring large amounts of good food (like ham, turkey, mashed potatoes) at a party we have right by Xmas. We might eat a small bit of the food, but generally we gather all of it to distribute in skid row the next morning from my car (I still do it solo). We call it a “gotluck” to emphasize how lucky we are, blah blah blah.

    It’s actually my wife’s bday party, and it started a few years back when my asian in-laws ate like 3 pieces of a huge ham we cooked, so my drunk ass insisted I was taking it down to skid row that night. After my wife scolded me for even thinking about drinking and driving, we decided to cut up the food and get it ready for me to give out off the hood of my car. We gathered all kinds of unused plastic utensils and plates, heated up the food the next morning, loaded my car and went to the skidzos. I parked on Gladys and served the food off my car hood. despite a little hamdemonium, it was great, and many folks were perplexed that I wasnt from some church.

    The best part was that other Latinos were doing the same thing from truck flatbeds, although bittersweet that the only folks giving were those who had little, working class inner city Latinos. The cops gave me a little shiz for parking ina no parking zone and causing a commotion, but smiled as I put my arms up in a “what’s wrong” gesture. it would be nice to see the rich/white folks who consider themselves urbanites to actually reciprocate or engage in their environments in a positive way.

    Anyone interested please try it out, it is a great thing to do, works wonders for cross cultural relations, and is extremely gratifying. We have also tried to hand out ham sandwiches, but they didnt work as well as pulling over and setting up shop.

  3. Art, I love your Gotluck idea — good for you and please keep it going. Let us know how it goes or how it went this year.

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