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Christian Meaning Behind The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hey Sparkles! Happy Monday! For today’s Monday Moment post, I am writing about the hidden meaning in the popular Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas.

At first glance, this song may seem whimsical and just a fun song, but it actually has a meaning in it, put there by the persecuted Catholic church in the Medieval times. They had to write a song to pass on their beliefs to their children.

The meaning behind the Twelve Days of Christmas:

  1. On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A partridge in a pear tree.

    My “True Love” is God, who truly loves us all.
    The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus, who died on the cross for our sins.

  2. On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The two turtledoves represent the Old and New Testaments.

  3. On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The three French hens represent the three gifts given to Jesus by the Wise Men.

  4. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The four calling birds are the four gospels, which call us to look at Jesus’ life.

  5. On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The five golden rings are the first five books of the Bible.

  6. On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The six geese are the six days of creation.

  7. On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The seven swans are the seven gifts of the holy spirit.

  8. On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The eight maids represent the eight beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

  9. On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Spirit.

  10. On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The ten lords represent the Ten Commandments.

  11. On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The eleven pipers are the eleven faithful apostles.

  12. On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens, two turtledoves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

    The twelve drummers represent the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed.

Well, that’s all I have for today, Sparkles! I hope these twelve days of Christmas encouraged you. You can buy the hoodie with all the days of Christmas illustrated here. Thanks for reading, and Sparkles away!

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