Merry Christmas Everyone!
Have you ever thought about the Christmas song entitled – The Twelve Days Of Christmas? We all hear it and sing it throughout the Christmas season, but do we even understand what we are singing about, other than a bird in a tree, and people dancing and drumming, etc.
The Twelve Days of Christmas is a traditional Christmas song that represents a lyric for each night starting on December 26 and ending on January 6 or the Twelfth Night.
The date of the song’s first performance is not known, though it is said to have been used in European and Scandinavia traditions as early as the 16th century.
The dictionary describes an allegory as a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one. “The 12 Days of Christmas” is most often referred to as an religious allegory.
Some believe that each of the items in the song represents something significant to the teachings of the Catholic faith and the hidden meaning of each gift was designed to help Catholic children learn about their faith.
Some believe it was just a song to help memorize certain religious facts and others believe it was just a song sung for the fun of trying to memorize the lyrics.
Regardless of where or why it came into being, it is a song that really does teach us the facts of Jesus and the Bible… and it’s fun to sing!
The Partridge in a Pear Tree is:
Jesus Christ on the cross
The Old Testament and New Testament
The Three French Hens are:
The Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit)
or some say: Love, Hope & Faith.
The Four Calling Birds are:
The Four Gospels/Gospel Writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John)
The five golden rings represents:
The first five books of the Bible, also called the Jewish Torah: (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy)
The Six Geese a-laying are:
The 6 Days of Creation – Genesis 1 (1. God created the heavens and the earth; 2.God created the sky and seas; 3. God created the land and plants; 4. God created the sun, moon, and stars; 5. God created fish and birds; 6. God created land animals and man)
The Seven Swans a-swimming are:
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit from Isaiah 11:1-2 (1.Wisdom; 2.Understanding; 3.Counsel; 4.Fortitude (might); 5.Knowledge; 6.Piety (reverent/religious); 7.Fear of the Lord)
The Eight Maids a milking are:
The 8 Beatitudes – from Matthew 5:3-10 (1.Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 2.Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 3.Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 4.Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 5.Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 6.Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 7.Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 8.Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.)
The Eight People Saved on the Ark (Noah, and his family): Noah, Wife of Noah, His son Shem, His son Ham, His son Japheth, Wife of Shem, Wife of Ham, Wife of Japheth
The Nine Ladies Dancing are:
The 9 Fruit of the Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control)
The Ten Lords a-leaping are:
The Ten Commandments (1. Thou shall have no other gods before me; 2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image; 3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; 4. Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy; 5. Honour thy father and mother; 6. Thou shalt not kill; 7. Thou shalt not commit adultery; 8. Thou shalt not steal; 9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor; 10. Thou shalt not covet)
The Eleven Pipers Piping are:
The 11 Faithful Disciples: Simon (whom He named Peter); Andrew; James; John; Philip; Bartholomew; Matthew; Thomas; James son of Alphaeus; Simon who was called the Zealot; Judas son of James.
Side note: Judas Iscariot- is not counted as he was not faithful to Jesus. Judas was later replaced with faithful Matthias
The Twelve Drummers Drumming are:
The twelve Points of the Apostles’ Creed (1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.; 2 . I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.; 3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.; 4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.; 5. He descended into the dead. On the third day he rose again.; 6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.; 7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.; 8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,; 9. The holy catholic Church, the communion of saints,; 10. The forgiveness of sins,; 11. The resurrection of the body,; 12. And the life everlasting.)
This is a song of remembrance. It speaks of: Jesus, the Bible, the Trinity, the men who penned the bible for us, the story of creation, 7 gifts from the Holy Spirit, the beatitudes, the gift of rebirth (through Noah), the 9 fruits of the Spirit, the law to live by, the disciples who we’re faithful to Jesus and their teachings.
In a world where worry, not peace, reigns, we need to remember all of these things so that being solid in our faith, can be a light to others and draw us all closer to you.
With the fruit of the Spirit (love, peace, joy and faithfulness etc.) we can be at rest in you no matter the situation.
We must remember to keep your true names in our hearts and on our lips – Almighty God, Precious Saviour, The Prince Of Peace. In remembrance of your work and your true nature, your names will remind us exactly who you are – the Great I AM!
I believe you will come again! What a beautiful promise! One day soon, Jesus WILL come again, not as a timid Lamb but as a roaring Lion. Every knee will bow down to the King of Kings and there will be total peace on earth.
My prayer for today Father, is that every person will feel the warmth of your love, turn to find Jesus standing with open arms, welcoming them into the family of God and that they will accept without hesitation, and will have life eternal.
In the precious and beautiful name of Jesus Christ, I pray
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