Recently, I read about the 12 days of Christmas in the December 2015 – January 2016 Seton Magazine. Christine Smitha presented some information about the famous carol 12 Days of Christmas. It was proposed to her that the song was the “Catechism for persecuted Catholics” during the 17th and 18th centuries in France. However she states that no one really knows and may turn out to be “a fun memory game” for that time period.
I personally would like to think that it was a coded Catechism and could represent religious symbolism for all faiths. Also it could have provided a way for a people under hard times to keep their faith alive and strong through fun songs such as this one. I have heard stories similar to this were the words in songs have been messages of hope or direction. Also there have been songs made to help preserve cultural traditions under heavy foreign oppression. Why not so for this song? This article has made me think a little more about really meets the ear.
I am grateful to have this Christmas season and to think a little more of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the source of our Salvation and happiness. I am eternally grateful that He has come to earth as a humble babe and in humble circumstances. I hope we may all renew our commitments to Him who is the author of our Salvation, Peace, and Happiness.
God bless you all this Christmas Season and New Year!
Here are the possible interpretations of the 12 gifts mentioned in the article.
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus Christ
2. Two Turtle Doves= The Old and New Testaments
3. Three French Hens= Faith, Hope, Charity;
4. Four Calling Birds= the Four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)
5. Five Golden Rings= First Five Books of the Old Testament
6. Six Geese Are laying= Six Days of Creation
7. Seven Swans are swimming= Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
8. Eight Maid are milking= The Beatitudes
9. Nine Ladies are dancing= Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
10. Ten Lords are leaping= the Ten Commandments
11. Eleven Pipers are piping= the Eleven faithful Apostles
12. Twelve Drummers are drumming= the twelve doctrines outlined in the Apostle’s Creed
Smitha, C. (2015, December 1). A Homeschooler's Guide to Celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas. (K. Clark, & C. Smitha, Eds.) Seton Magazine , 4 (12), pp. 8-9, 16.