Joy marked the occasion. So we painted the town red.
Born the first day of December, I enjoy celebrating my birthday in the same month as Christmas.
Every year my special day proves fun-filled and momentous.
But where did the expression “Let’s paint the town red!” originate? And how exactly does one go about it?
Painting the Town Red
I found a plethora of answers for painting the town red. Here’s a few:
- From Google, “go out and enjoy oneself flamboyantly.” Synonyms: “celebrate, have a party, live it up, have a ball.”
- “Go on a drinking bout; get drunk. Some believe it refers to setting something on fire” (The Free Dictionary).
- Violence. Dating back to the 1800’s, an article in The Phrase Finder, “The allusion is to the kind of unruly behavior that results in much blood being spilt.”
It’s sad a phrase of merriment is associated with drunkenness and violence.
Still, there’s no unruly behavior going on when the Friday’s celebrate. For my birthday, keep in mind the glitter and sparkle of painting the town red.
Entourage of Red Painters
Besides the birthday girl, yours truly, the entourage of red painters this year included my husband, son, daughter, grandson, and mother-in-law.
No doubt, we’re a wild and crazy bunch. So we snapped a picture and I wrote a poem to go with the occasion.
The people who joined my birthday bash,
they made December 1st a smash.
An empty chair reminded us of one,
a working son-in-law who missed the fun.
Painting the town red with Italian food,
nothing like a celebration crew.
So here’s to parties and candles and such,
this girl wants to say, “thank you very much.”
The Red Blood of the Lamb
A powerful Bible story describes “much blood being spilt” to paint the town red. In Exodus 12, the Israelites put blood from a lamb without blemish on two doorposts and the panel above the door of each house. The Lord’s Passover.
It gave protection from the final plague God brought on Pharaoh and the land of Egypt for refusing to release His people from slavery. Every firstborn male, people and animals, would die.
“When I see the blood I will pass over you and I will not destroy your firstborn children when I smite the land of Egypt” (Verse 13, TLB ).
After that fatal night, Pharaoh let the people go. So the Lord instructed His people to celebrate the Passover every year.
Red for Christmas
Years later, a perfect Lamb without spot or blemish once again provided passover blood. Jesus, God’s Son, willingly gave His life and blood for spiritual death to passover God’s children.
Physical death may strike, but spiritual death cannot touch those in Christ.
“But [you were actually purchased] with precious blood, like that of a [sacrificial] lamb unblemished and spotless, the priceless blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:19 AMP).
In December, my birth month, we also celebrate the birth of Jesus. Joy marks the occasion.
Because when we celebrate Jesus coming, we also celebrate Calvary’s cross and the resurrection.
4 Ways to Paint the Town Red This Christmas
- Join God’s celebration crew.
- Spread the glad tidings of Jesus birth.
- Share the good news of the gospel.
- Proclaim that much blood was spilt to give us life.
Let’s paint the town red!
Last week’s Giveaway Winners & Christmas Giveaway
The winners of Talking to Jesus: A Fresh Perspective on Prayer: Pam McNabb & Norma Gail Holtman. Congratulations! I will contact you both for a mailing address.
Today, we start 3 weeks of CHRISTmas. And another book giveaway, a Christmas anthology. I’m honored to be one of the contributing writers with 2 pieces in Merry Christmas Moments. (Stories about the Wonder of Christmas.)
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Photo credit of “joy” sign goes to my son, Caleb.
City image & other photo text courtesy of Adobe Spark.
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