The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is today a well known fun Christmas song that the majority of us sing a long to without really knowing its origin or its meaning. While many may consider it a children’s filler song it is considered to have been written in England with hidden meanings to aid English Catholic children remember different articles of religion during the persecution by Protestant Monarchs in the 16th 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 might get you hanged!
During this time in England when it was a crime to be a Catholic, the “Twelve Days of 12 Days Of Christmas Lyrics has become suggested to originally have already been an “Underground Catechism” used being an aid to understand 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 have 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 become 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 in 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 initial 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 of 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 within the Apostle’s Creed.
However 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 phrase towards the song were written round the late 1700’s and the music came some time earlier from France. He shows that the song is nothing more than a child’s memory game. In accordance with Grand the song has no religious significance whatsoever! He states that the object in the song ended up being to facilitate a game title in which the child were required to remember which gift came next and loose a turn if forgotten.
No matter what version you believe this song reinforces the thought of giving gifts related to the background of festivities. If a person gift is offered every day in this particular song 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 annually the cost for many jibgzl gifts within this song adjusted to inflation. In 2005 the computed Christmas Price Index cost for all of the gifts within the song was $72,608. This is done purely for entertainment from an economist’s perspective!
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