The Meaning of The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Submitted by Ed Lopez
Have you ever wanted to know about the 12 days of Christmas and
it's meaning? well, here is the thought for the day.
There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in
the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and
especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have
to do with Christmas? I found out at a luncheon at church.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not
permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era
wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has
two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning
known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol
has a code word for a religious reality which the children could
One 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.
Four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke &
Five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books
of the Old Testament.
Six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming represented the seven fold gifts of the
Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation,
Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
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.
Ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
Eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
Twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief
in the Apostles' Creed.
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared
with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I
know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it
GOD BLESS CHRISTIANS EVERYWHERE
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