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Old 12-14-2018, 09:40 PM
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Default The 12 days of Christmas

There is one Christmas Carol that
has always baffled me - The Twelve Days of Christmas.

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.

This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening. Now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:52 AM
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Yes, interesting! Would love to adopt this for my own future discussion with one addition; The meaning of the title Twelve Days, as in the continued mentioning of the chosen twelve.
And the wall of the city had twelve foundations,
and in them the twelve names of the
twelve apostles of the Lamb.


Revelation 21:14
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How interesting
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Old 12-26-2018, 08:41 AM
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There is one Christmas Carol that
has always baffled me - The Twelve Days of Christmas........
Hah! I just accidentally found this:
https://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/TWELVDAY.TXT
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Old 12-26-2018, 04:14 PM
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Hah! I just accidentally found this:
https://www.ewtn.com/library/HOMELIBR/TWELVDAY.TXT
That was where my friend got it. She passed me the information without citing the source, but I believed her anyway because I know her.
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