The Fifth Day of Christmas – Five Golden Rings

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

This is a favorite of mine. Five golden rings are very valuable, of course, but some historians believe they refer to the first five books of the Old Testament: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Of course, you can create a number of crafts around jewelry, but I don’t know that creating blingy golden rings really teaches a message. But giving something away certainly would. I asked Eva to name her most precious belongings. They are, in order, her “baby” (lovey), remote controlled airplane, fairy dust, the little glass treasure box my sister gave her, and her IPAD mini. I asked her how hard it would be to give one of those things away, and she said, quite matter of factly, that she wouldn’t. Then I discussed how the singer of 12 Days of Christmas gave the person he loved 5 Golden Rings, and what that meant. I asked her: “Who do you know who loves you enough to give you anything?” Her answers, in order: Me, then Daddy, her sister Lola, her cousin Maddie, and Jingle, our Elf on the Shelf. It wasn’t until I pointed heavenward, more than once, that it occurred to her to say “God and Jesus.” Oh, well. Hopefully, I planted the seed and she will think about our conversation the next time she hears the song, but that might be a lot to ask for a just-turned-six-year-old. What do you think your child would consider his/her five most precious belongings?

So I asked “Lightning” after I read your blog on the Five Golden Rings.  Here are her comments…and let me tell you the first 3 came quickly, but not the last two.  I tried to explain to her that family and friends were not actually belongings, but she refused to budge:

1.  My family

2. My friends

3. My dogs

4. Phyllis, her stuffed animal that I gave her that was mine when I was younger

5. Any of my stuffed animals

I find it interesting that this was so hard for her to name 5 belongings.  I guess I should be happy that she picked people over belongings for the most part.

The five people she picked that would give her golden rings:  Mommy, Daddy, Aunt Peggy, Aunt Eileen and Grandma/pa.  That was a much easier list.


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