[December 23, 2006]
I got this from some website about a year ago. Think of this as an electronic Christmas greeting card. Trivia anyone?
The Twelve Days of Christmas Song
No one seems to know who wrote what seems to be a nonsensical song, but legend has it as being written during the period of time when Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith without punishment (which would explain why no one credits themselves for penning it), the song was to help children to remember the tenets of their faith. Many consider this another urban legend though, mainly because everything in the song goes along with both the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church doctrine. And that it seems to have a French origin, not English.
The true love was God Himself.
The me was any baptized person.
The partridge in a pear tree was Christ and may of referred to Matt. 23:37 and Luke 13:34.
The 2 turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
3 French hens stood for faith, hope and love. (1 Cor. 13) The Theological Virtues.
The 4 calling birds were the 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Four Evangelists.
The 5 golden rings recalled the Torah or law; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. The Law or Pentateuch.
The 6 geese a laying were the 6 days of creation.
The 7 swans a swimming were the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 7:30) The 7 Sacraments.
The 8 maids a milking were the eight Beatitudes. (Matt. 5-6).
The 9 ladies dancing were the 9 truths of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5).
The 10 Lords a leaping were the 10 Commandments.
The 11 pipers piping were the 11 faithful apostles.
The 12 drummers drumming symbolized the 12 points of belief in the Apostle Creed.
Note: In the original version the first 5 gifts were all birds, 1st day = Partridge, 2nd day = 2 Turtle Doves, 3rd day = 3 French Hens, 4th day = 4 Colly Birds (Blackbirds) not Calling birds, and on the 5th day = 5 Golden Rings (referred to ring-necked pheasants) not jewelry.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!