The Hidden Meaning Behind The 12 Days Of Christmas
This Gives A Whole New Meaning To The Song





People Often Think Of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas"
As The Days Preceding The Festival

Historically


Christmas Is The Season Of The Christian Year For The Days Beginning On December 25 And Lasting Until January 6 (The Day Of Epiphany) When The Church Celebrates The Revelation Of Christ As The Light Of The World
And Recalls The Journey Of The Magi

From 1558 Until 1829

Roman Catholics in England Were Not Allowed To Practice Their Faith Openly
During That Era Someone Wrote "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" As A Kind Of Secret Catechism That Could Be Sung In Public Without The Risk Of Persecution

The Song Has Two Levels Of Interpretation

The Surface Meaning Plus A Hidden Meaning Known Only To Members Of The Church
Each Element In The Carol Is A Code Word For A Religious Reality

The "Partridge In A Pear Tree" Is Jesus Christ

The Two Turtle Doves Are The Old And New Testaments

The Three French Hens Stand For Faith, Hope And Love

The Four Calling Birds Are The Four Gospels

The Five Gold Rings Recall The Torah (Law)
The First Five Books Of The Old Testament

The Six Geese A-Laying Stand For The Six Days Of Creation

The Seven Swans A-Swimming Represent The Sevenfold Gifts Of The Spirit

The Eight Maids A-Milking Are The Eight Beatitudes

The Nine Ladies Dancing Are The Nine Fruits Of The Spirit (Gal.5)

The Ten Lords A-Leaping Are The Ten Commandments

The Eleven Pipers Piping Stand For The Eleven Faithful Disciples

The Twelve Drummers Drumming
Symbolize The 12 Points Of Belief In The Apostles Creed

And There You Have It
The Hidden Meaning Of "The Twelve Days Of Christmas"
And The Secrets Behind The Song



12 Days of Christmas

On The First Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Second Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree


On The Third Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Fourth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Sixth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Seventh Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

7 Swans A Swimming

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Eighth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

8 Maids A Milking

7 Swans A Swimming

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Ninth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids A Milking

7 Swans A Swimming

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Tenth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

10 Lords A Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids A Milking

7 Swans A Swimming

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords A Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids A Milking

7 Swans A Swimming

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas
My True Love Sent To Me

12 Drummers Drumming

11 Pipers Piping

10 Lords A Leaping

9 Ladies Dancing

8 Maids A Milking

7 Swans A Swimming

6 Geese A Laying

5 Golden Rings

4 Calling Birds

3 French Hens

2 Turtle Doves

And A Partridge In A Pear Tree






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