Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Meaning Behind "THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS"


Good Morning to All!

This is a couple of days behind, but as you know, I try to make it my yearly Christmas post.  For those of you who haven't seen it, it originated as an e-mail my sister sent to me several Christmas' ago.  I thought it was interesting enough to want to share it with y'all.  I hope you enjoy it.

For some of you, you may recognize this post as I try to make it my yearly Christmas post, because I think it is so interesting.

 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?

This week, I found out. 

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 remember.

* The 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.







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 on if you wish.

I hope you have enjoyed this post.  I have always liked this song, but couldn't quite put my finger on "why", because it is so repetitive.  The thing is NOW, it know why.  It truly has a beautiful meaning behind it. 

Have a wonderful Day and May God Bless!


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2 comments:

settledinheaven said...

Very interesting PJ. I have never heard of this before. I hope you and your family will have a blessed Christmas!

bluecottonmemory said...

Thank you PJ - and Wishing you much blessing in the New Year - thank you so much for being a fierce woman of prayer - and for praying for me and mine this past year. You are a blessing!

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