THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AND ITS MEANING

Have you. ever wondered what the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song means? Believe me I have. It turns the lyrics was used a...

Have you. ever wondered what the "The Twelve Days of Christmas" song means?

Believe me I have.

It turns the lyrics was used as a 'code song' or catechism song to teach young Roman Catholics about heir faith. At a time when practicing Roman Catholicism was banned in England from 1558 until 1829.

The number Twelve (12) in the song represents The Twelve Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

True Love signifies Jesus Christ because love came to us on Christmas day.

'The Partridge in a Pear Tree' represents Jesus Christ because He was willing to sacrifice His life.

The two Turtle Doves stand for the Old and New Testament.

The three French hens represent Faith, Hope and Love.

The four calling birds are the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Five golden rings stands the first five books of the Old Testament that describe man's fall and the chosen nation Israel. 


The six geese a-laying are the Six Days of Creation.

Seven swans a-swimming represents the Sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit namely Wisdom, Understanding, Council, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord; 1Corinthians 12.

The eight maids a-milking stand for the Eight Beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing represents the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit namely Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness and Temperance. Galatians 5:22-23.

Ten lords a-leaping signifies the Ten Commandments.

The Eleven pipers piping Stands for the Eleven Faithful Apostles.

The Twelve drummers drumming symbolizes the Twelve points of belief in The Apostle's Creed. 


Sources: Wikepidia and Catholic News Agency

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