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The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Christmas day is around the corner now and I would like to post another Christmas carol to bring the holiday season atmosphere in my thought blog.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas carol.  I had no idea about the symbols contained in the song, until recently.  I find it very interesting that a song we all know so well could contain so many hidden meanings.  I would never have guessed that it was anything more than lovely Christmas carol.  It’s always nice to learn something new, especially about the wonderful celebration of Christmas.  I hope you learned something, too.  Wishing You All a Merry Christmas!

Religious symbolism of The Twelve Days of Christmas:

1st verse – “True Love” refers to God.

2nd verse – “2 Turtle Doves” refers to the Old and New Testaments.

3rd verse – “3 French Hens” refers to Faith, Hope, and Charity, the Theological Virtues

4th verse – “4 Calling Birds” refers to the Four Gospels or the Four Evangelists.

5th verse – “5 Golden Rings” refers to the first five Books of the Old Testament.

6th verse – “6 Geese-a-laying” refers to the six days of creation.

7th verse – “7 Swans-a-swimming” refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit , the seven sacraments.

8th verse – “8 Maids-a-milking” refers to the eight beatitudes.

9th verse – “9 Ladies dancing” refers to the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

10th verse – “10 Lords-a-leaping” refers to the Ten Commandments.

11th verse – “11 Pipers piping” refers to the eleven faithful apostles.

12th verse – “12 Drummers drumming” refers to the twelve points of the Apostle’s creed.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Video With Lyric

The Twelve Days of Christmas Song Lyrics:

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

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent 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 turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent 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 turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent 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 turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent 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 turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

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