The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is today a popular fun Christmas song that most of us sing a long to without really understanding its origin or its meaning. Even though many may consider it a children’s filler song it is considered to have been written in England with hidden meanings to assist English Catholic children remember different articles of religion during the persecution by Protestant Monarchs in the Sixteenth century. It was a time when to be caught with anything in ‘writing’ indicating adherence to the Catholic faith could not only get you imprisoned, it could get you hanged!
During this time period in England in the event it was actually a crime as a Catholic, the “Twelve Times of #1 12 Days Of Christmas Lyrics has been suggested to originally happen to be an “Underground Catechism” used as an aid to comprehend and spread the teachings of the religion. It absolutely was a way to camouflage and uphold their religion that was illegal to become practiced publicly or privately!
Let’s take a look at the symbols. ‘True love’ will not represent a suitor actually it represented ‘God’, the “me” who receives the gifts is suggested to be every baptized person. The gifts themselves represented different ideas the following:
The “Partridge in a pear tree” was Jesus.
2 Turtle Doves = The Existing and New Testaments from the Bible
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity – the Theological Virtues.
4 Calling Birds = the 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books from the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which relays a brief history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six events of Creation.
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven sacraments – gifts in the Holy Spirit.
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes (solemn blessings)
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits from the Holy Spirit.
10 Lords A-leaping = the Ten Commandments.
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles.
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed.
However its not all believe this version in the history of the song to be true. Within the book “A Celebration of History” by Leigh Grand, the phrase for the song were written across the late 1700’s as well as the music came some time earlier from France. He suggests that the song is nothing but a child’s memory game. According to Grand the song has no religious significance whatsoever! He says that the object of the song would be to facilitate a game title in which the child had to remember which gift came next and loose a turn if forgotten.
Whatever version you believe this song reinforces the thought of giving gifts related to the past of festivities. If an individual gift is provided on a daily basis in this particular song then we can recount an overall of 364 gifts given with 184 of those being birds. Birds must have been a prized gift back in the old days! In recent times an economist computes every year the cost for all jibgzl gifts within this song adjusted to inflation. In 2005 the computed Christmas Price Index cost for the gifts within the song was $72,608. This is achieved purely for entertainment from an economist’s perspective!
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