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The Twelve Days of Christmas

As we near one of the most exciting times of the year that is Christmas, our minds turn to festivities such as presents, mince pies and Christmas carols, like the famous ’12 days of Christmas’ song we all know. Usually, countdowns, lead to the big day, however, the ’12 days of Christmas’ actually begins on Christmas day and end on January 5th. But what are the true meanings of each day and that partridge in a pear tree?

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me, A Partridge in a Pear Tree… But did you know… The Partridge is said to symbolically represent Jesus Christ, this is because that bird is selflessly willing to sacrifice its life to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Two Turtle Doves… these two turtle doves are actually the Old and New Testaments.

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Three French Hens… these three lovely French Hens stand for faith, hope, and love.

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Four Calling Birds… but who know these ‘calling birds’ were actually symbolizing Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Five Gold Rings… which represent the first five treasured books of the Old Testament

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Six Geese A-laying… this simply stood for the six days of creation.   

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Seven Swans A-swimming… these represent Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy, the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Eight Maids A-milking… these are the eight beatitudes, blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Nine Ladies Dancing… these ladies actually represent the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit, including love, joy, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Ten Lords A-leaping… and these lords represent the ten commandments, that we know today.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Eleven Pipers Piping who represent the eleven faithful apostles, Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James. There is also the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who famously betrayed Jesus.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me, Twelve Drummers Drumming… who symbolize the twelve points of belief in the ‘Apostles creed’.

We at the Online Book Company, wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

All Twelve days of Christmas

All Twelve days of Christmas

 

 

Polly BolithoThe Twelve Days of Christmas
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