Twelve Days of Christmas


Hidden Meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas

From 1558 until 1829 people in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly. It was during this era that someone wrote “The Twelve Days of Christmas” as a kind of secret catechism that would be sung in public without risk of persecution. The song has two levels of interpretation: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the church. Each element in the carol is a code word for a religious reality.

1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the Torah (Law) the first five books of the Old Testament.
6. The six geese of laying stand for the six days of creation.
7. Seven swans a swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit.
8. The eight maids a milking are the eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5).
10. The ten lords a leaping are the Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of Belief in the Apostles Creed.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this...I hadn't heard this hidden meaning before, but it makes sense.

I hope your Christmas and New Year are blessed as well.