The 12 days of Christmas Where’d it come from…

One of the things I love about history and research is that I come across the craziest things about stuff. I’m the independent sort that enjoys a new point of view on things. If it’s more than I ever thought, even better.

Well, I learned recently that there are some who think that the song of 12 days of Christmas is just a cute song.   However I found out  that each day has a significant meaning because the Catholics from 1558-1829 were not allowed to preach their faith.  I had no clue that during this time period the English Parliament had  prohibited any expression of the Catholic faith, public or private, upon the threat of being drawn and quartered…literally.

So in order to” keep the faith” the Catholics taught their children this lovely little song and quietly told them the true symbolism behind each one…

Day one   “Partridge in a Pear tree” 

Jesus  is the mother partridge who fakes injury so her children will survive thus the savior

Day two “Two Turtle Doves”  Old and New Testament

Day three “Three French Hens” Faith Hope and Charity

Day four “Four calling birds” Four gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John   or the four evangelists

Day five “FIVE golden Rings”  The five books of the old Testament/Pentateuch of man’s fall from grace

Day six “Six geese a laying” the six days of creation

Day seven “Seven swans a swimming’  Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit or the seven sacraments

Day eight  “Eight maids a milking” Eight Beatitudes

Day nine  “Nine ladies dancing”  Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

Day ten “Ten Lords a leaping” The 10 Commandments

Day eleven “Eleven Pipers Piping”  Eleven faithful apostles

Day twelve. “Twelve Drummers Drumming.”  The twelve points of the Apostle’s Creed

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Snopes says  there is no documentation or supporting evidence that this could be a song by all Christians who can not show their faith openly. Were the Catholics executed so horribly from Henry VIII until Queen Elizabeth? Sometimes yes. Sometimes not.    And there is the claim that someone attached these meaning to this fun songthe song  around 1990.   For me, I’ll just enjoy the song . I more often get the ladies dancing and lords leaping mixed up.

How about you? Can you remember all twelve of the days of Christmas? And what is your favorite Christmas carol?


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  1. Four score and seven minutes ago, I read a sweet arlietc. Lol thanks

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