Strange Christmas gifts for the ‘religious’


LOOKING for that “something different” gift for the spiritually inclined? Look no further than the Net this year.

How about a voucher for a night in a monastery? Or a Christmas pudding made by Trappist monks?

What about Nativity rubber ducks (pictured above), or a Nativity kitchen timer? Or a musical weeping Santa, a Jesus tree topper or “happy holidays” Barbie?

You can also buy “Here I Stand” Socks (Martin Luther, pressured to recant his writings, famously refused, saying: “Here I stand. I can do no other.”).

And lightweight wood earrings say “God” in Arabic. And a life-sized cut-out of Pope Francis to hang around the house. Or plush cuddly Buddahs for the kids.

There are also the Seven Deadly Sins Shot Glasses. Each glass features a cartoon version of the sin as drawn by New Yorker artist Mort Gerberg.

And Mosque Building Blocks including arches, minarets, domes and staircases.

What about Mormon Missionary Action Figures?

The Religious News Service highly recommends A Christmas Together, the album made by John Denver and the Muppets that went platinum after it was released in 1979. It’s still terrific, especially when Miss Piggy belts out “Five Go-old Rings!”
Have a look.


6 thoughts on “Strange Christmas gifts for the ‘religious’

  1. I just found the Action Figure called Superpope. Where his crozier turns into a battle staff, and his triple crown into a cruise misile. Which is why I don’t buy into this whole crazy christmas present thing. What would happen if for Christmas one donated money so that a poor family in the developing countries could get a milk cow, an ox (for plowing) or a chicken? If you check the statistics for all blue chip charities and aid organisations, you will notice that they all go on big fund raising activities long before Christmas arrives, to tie them over the Christmas period, when fund raising is at it’s lowest.


    • Strewth and whoever,
      I can add one little bit of picky information to the explanation of the words.

      There was no such thing as a ‘Calling Bird’. The original phrase there was ‘Four Collie Birds’. The word Collie was an archaic term for black as coal.



  2. Just read that this was originally a children’s memory game song, based on celebrating a festivity, perhaps a wedding, with words slightly different to the modern version.

    “The first day of Christmas my true love sent to me a partridge and a pear-tree;
    The second day of Christmas my true love sent to me two turtle-doves, a partridge, and a pear-tree;

    The third day of Christmas my true love sent to me three fat hens, two turtle-doves, a partridge, and a pear-tree;

    The fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me four ducks quacking, three fat hends, two turtle-doves, a partridge, and a pear-tree;

    The fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me five hares running, four ducks quacking, three fat hens, two turtle-doves, a partridge, and a pear-tree.”

    And so on.

    It appears the Church took it up, using it for people to memorise biblical teaching.
    he 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.


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