The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is today a popular fun Christmas song that the majority of us sing a long to without really realizing its origin or its meaning. While many may consider this a children’s nonsense song it is thought to have been developed in England with hidden meanings to help English Catholic children remember different articles of religion during the persecution by Protestant Monarchs in the Sixteenth century. This is a time when to be caught with anything in ‘writing’ indicating adherence to the Catholic faith could not only allow you to get imprisoned, it might get you hanged!
During this time in England in the event it was a crime as a Catholic, the “Twelve Days of 12 Days Of Christmas Lyrics continues to be suggested to originally have been an “Underground Catechism” used as an aid to know and spread the teachings from the religion. It had been a means to camouflage and uphold their religion that was illegal to get practiced publicly or privately!
Let’s have a look at the symbols. ‘True love’ fails to represent a suitor actually it represented ‘God’, the “me” who receives the gifts is suggested to get every baptized person. The gifts themselves represented different ideas the following:
The “Partridge in a pear tree” was Jesus.
2 Turtle Doves = The Previous and New Testaments of 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 the historical past of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six times 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 of 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 from the background of the song to be true. Inside the book “A Celebration of History” by Leigh Grand, the words towards the song were written around the late 1700’s and the music came a while earlier from France. He suggests that the song is nothing but a child’s memory game. In accordance with Grand the song has no religious significance whatsoever! He says that the object of the song would be to facilitate a game title where the child needed to remember which gift came next and loose a turn if forgotten.
Regardless of what version you feel this song reinforces the concept of giving gifts associated with the past of festivities. If one gift is provided each day in this song then we can recount a total of 364 gifts given with 184 of those being birds. Birds will need to have been a prized gift back in the past! In recent years an economist computes every year the fee for many jibgzl gifts in this particular song adjusted to inflation. In 2005 the computed Christmas Price Index cost for all the gifts in the song was $72,608. This is accomplished purely for entertainment from an economist’s point of view!
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