The Twelve Days of Christmas


From 1558 to 1829 the Catholics in England were not able to practice their faith openly so they had to find other ways to pass on their beliefs. Each of the items in the song represents something of religious significance. The hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help young Christians learn their faith.


A Partridge in a Pear Tree

 The "partridge in a pear tree" is Jesus Christ who died on a tree or cross as a gift from God for the whole world.


  Two Turtle Doves

Two turtle doves are symbolic of the 
Old and the New Testament


Three French Hens

The three French hens are symbolic of the valuable poultry during that time, only for the rich could afford, like the wise men's gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.


Four Calling Birds

The four calling birds are symbolic of the four Gospel writers, like birds calling out with loud and distinctive voices.


Five Golden Rings

The 5 golden rings are symbolic of the the Torah (the 5 books of Moses), treated as most valuable and treasured, as is gold.


 Six Geese A-laying

The six geese are symbolic of the six days of new life, the creation.


Seven Swans A-swimming

The swans are symbolic of the the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit that also change us from ugly ducklings into graceful adults.


 Eight Maids A-milking

The eight maids milking are symbolic of the beatitudes


 Nine Ladies Dancing

 The nine ladies dancing are symbolic of the rejoicing over the nine fruits of the spirit. (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control)


 Ten Lords A-leaping

The ten lords leaping are symbolic of the ten commandments.


Eleven Pipers Piping

The eleven pipers piping are symbolic of the piping the eleven faithful apostles following the chief piper and becoming like Him.


Twelve Drummers Drumming

The twelve drummers drumming are symbolic of the loud steady rhythm for marchers to follow as is the points of the Apostle's Creed


Wishing you a Merry Christmas

"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is featured  on "The Joys of Christmas" by Margi Harrell

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