The 12 days of Christmas, Advent activity 15

12 Days of Christmas Song

Such a fun song to listen to but do you know the history behind each one of the 12 days and gifts? Well for nearly 300 years it was illegal to be catholic in England but the catholic parents still wanted to teach their children about God so they got creative. 12 days of Christmas is a secret code to teach about God and his gifts. Here is the code broken via Catholicnewsagency

“The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

According to Ann Ball in her book, HANDBOOK OF CATHOLIC SACRAMENTALS:

The two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments

The three French hens stood for faith, hope, and love.

The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

The five golden rings rerepresented the first five books of the Old Testament, which describe man’s fall into sin and the great love of God in sending a Savior.

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—–Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience [Forbearance], Goodness [Kindness], Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, Continency [Chastity].

The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful Apostles.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.”

You know before reading The Adventure of Christmas I never new this meaning but I think it is great. I hope through the sharing of this post others can come to know the history behind this wonderful song.

Day 15 of the countdown to Christmas scripture, Luke 2:7 And she gave birth to her first born son. She wrapped his in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the Inn.


6 Replies to “The 12 days of Christmas, Advent activity 15”

  1. This was so interesting to read! I never knew the true meaning behind this classic song! Thanks for sharing with us:) Merry Christmas!!!

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