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Thursday, December 07, 2017

See Why "The 12 days of Christmas" became a Christmas Carol


Twelve days of Christmas 2017 will begin on Monday, 25 December and end on Friday 5 January 2018. Now, This is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled a lot of people including me - "The Twelve Days of Christmas".
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. There are twelve verses, each describing a gift given by "my true love" on one of the twelve days of Christmas. There are many variations in the lyrics. The lyrics given here are from Frederic Austin's 1909 publication that first established the current form of the carol.
It is believed that From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. That Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
. "My true love" means God. God sends gifts to us daily.
• The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
• Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
• Three French hens stood for
faith, hope and love.
• The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
• The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
• The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
• Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
• The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
• Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
• The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
• The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
• The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.
This is a history lesson for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening.

Now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.

Have a Meaningful Yuletide Season! 🎄🙏🏼
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you in shortest advance……🌹

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