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!!!)