The 12 Days of Christmas

Every wonder who in the world came up with this song ? Well , here's the story.

The 12 Days of Christmas

In the church "Christmas" refers to a twelve day period that starts with Christmas day. This is where "The Twelve Days of Christmas" comes from. The world celebrates Christmas for twelve hours, but the church celebrates it for twelve days because the gift of Christ is with us for twelve months of the year.

"The 12 Days of Christmas"  - song
When most people hear of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" they think of of the song. This song haf its origins as a teaching tool to instruct young people in the meaning and
content of the Christian faith. rom 1558 to 1829 Roman catholics in England were not able to practice their faith openly, so they had to find other ways to pass on their beliefs. The song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is one
example of howthey did it. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is in a sense an allegory. 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.

The song goes, "On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me..."
The "true love" represents God and the "me" who receives these presents is the Christian.

-The "partridge in the pear tree" was Jesus Christ who died on a tree as a gift from God.
-The "two turtle doves" were the Old and New Testements-another gift from God.
-The "three french hens" were faith, hope and love - the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (I Corinthians13).
-The "four calling birds"  were the four Gospels which sing the song of salvaion through Jesus Christ.
-The "five golden rings" were the first five books of the Bible also called the "Books of Moses."
-The "six geese a-laying" were the six days of creation.
-The "seven swans a-swimming" were "seven gifts of the Holy Spirit."
(1 Corinthians 12:8-11, Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4:10-11)
-The "eight maids a-milking" were the eight beatitudes.
-The "nine ladies dancing" were nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.(Galatians 5:22-23)
-The "ten lords a-leaping" were the Ten Commandments.
-The "eleven pipers piping" were the eleven Faithful disciples.
-The "twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of the Apostles' Creed.


my true love
2 turtle doves
four calling birds
six geese
seven swans
nine ladies
12 Drummers