The last few days I have been listening to a lot of Christmas music...I love to listen as I decorate, bake and sew this time of year...there are so many beautifully done songs out there...but today I wanted to share with you the true meaning of a very popular Christmas song...The Twelve Days of Christmas.
The Twelve Days of Christmas are actually the 12 days after December 25...the last day being January 6th or The Epiphany...or as we call it in our house... Little Christmas....so hear goes!
The partridge in a pear tree stands for Jesus
Two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments
Three French hens are Faith, hope and love
Four Calling birds are the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Five golden rings are the first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a laying are the six days of Creation
Seven swans a swimming are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy
Eight Maids a milking are the eight Beatitudes
Nine Ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control
Ten Lords a leaping are the Ten Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping are the eleven faithful disciples
Twelve Drummers Drumming are the twelve points of the Apostles Creed
This Christmas Carol was made up in England when Catholics weren't allowed to practice their faith for fear of persecution and this helped teach the children their Catechism...maybe you will look at this song in a very different way...I know I always have!
Back to my music...until next time...enjoy the day, my friends!!