Twelve Days of Christmas?

18 Dec

12 days of christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas?

 Why are there twelve days of Christmas? Has this song confused you over the years? It sure has confused me. I never have understood it. Why are there “Fiiiiivvvvveeee gold-en riiiiinnnngggssss?”

According to Ace Collins (in his book Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas), the song means the following:

  • A partridge in a pear tree…represents Jesus the son of God. A mother partridge is the only bird that will die to protect its’ young.
  • Two turtle doves…represent the “twin birds” of the Old and New Testament.
  • Three French hens…represent faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13).
  • Four calling birds… represent the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
  • Five golden rings…represent the first five books of the Bible, the Pentateuch as they are called.
  • Six geese a- laying…represent the six days of Creation, each one “hatched” by God.
  • Seven swans a –swimming…represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; prophecy, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading and compassion.
  • Eight maids a –milking…represent the ones who would receive His word and accept His grace: the eight beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-11.
  • Nine ladies dancing… represent the nine fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.
  • Ten lords a-leaping…represent the Ten Commandments.
  • Eleven pipers piping…represent the twelve disciples minus one (Judas Iscariot).
  • Twelve drummers drumming…represent the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed.

So now you know. Tomorrow we will analyze the meanings behind Jeff Foxworthy’s song, “The Redneck Twelve Days of Christmas.” (Just kidding!!!)

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Posted by on December 18, 2013 in Daily Verse & Prayer


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One response to “Twelve Days of Christmas?

  1. kjsgigi

    December 20, 2013 at 5:36 am

    I read this and have always remembered it and felt blessed to be able to express my faith freely (unlike some people are able to do nowadays).

    “The song was composed by Catholics in England during the 16th century, who were forbidden by law to practice their Catholic faith. The only legal church in England was the state church. To teach their children basic doctrine, they used nonsense songs that would not raise the suspicions of the non-Catholics around them, but would remind the children of their faith.”


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