The Eighth Day of Christmas – Eight Maids a Milking

Day 8 – Eight Maids a Milking

As Nada referenced on the fifth day of Christmas, there is some belief that the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, actually has hidden references to the Christian faith as during the time the song was written the religious wars were underway in England.  Eight Maids a Milking refers to the Eight Beatitudes, to wit:

THE EIGHT BEATITUDES OF JESUS
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Gospel of St. Matthew 5:3-10
 For the older kids it would be a great research project to research the origins of the song and give their opinion whether the song is just  a Christmas Carol or some underground teachings of the Christian Faith.  You would be covering religion, history and english (have them give a written or oral report).  Love it when can cover 3 topics in one lesson.

For the younger kids challenge them to find an object that symbolizes each beatitude.  Some examples are a lifesaver for those poor in spirit, a stuffed animal to be comforted, donate a belonging,  a book that is a story about doing the right thing, a picture of a saint or cross, a heart, a peace symbol or other object your child relates to peace, a crown representing Jesus’ persecution or other symbol that represents persecution.

For those that want to take a more traditional approach on Eight Maids a Milking, let the kiddos learn about milking a cow or goat.  Take a field trip to a local farm or watch a video. Here is a video on milking a cow with a milk machine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izHo2xrNDPw

Here is a video on milking a cow by hand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1QBTZi_43Y

 

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