The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is today a well known fun Christmas song that most of us sing a long to without really knowing its origin or its meaning. Although many may consider it a children’s rubbish song it is believed to have been printed in England with hidden meanings to help English Catholic children remember different articles of religion during the persecution by Protestant Monarchs in the 16th 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 period in England in the event it was actually a crime as a Catholic, the “Twelve Events of 12 Days Of Christmas has been suggested to originally happen to be an “Underground Catechism” used as being an aid to understand and spread the teachings of the religion. It had been a method to camouflage and uphold their religion which had been illegal to get practiced publicly or privately!
Let’s have a look at the symbols. ‘True love’ does not represent a suitor in reality it represented ‘God’, the “me” who receives the gifts is suggested to become every baptized person. The gifts themselves represented different ideas as follows:
The “Partridge in a pear tree” was Jesus.
2 Turtle Doves = The Old 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 very 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 times of Creation.
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven sacraments – gifts from 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 history of the song to be true. Within the book “A Celebration of History” by Leigh Grand, the phrase to the song were written across the late 1700’s as well as the music came a bit of time earlier from France. He suggests that the song is simply a child’s memory game. Based on Grand the song has no religious significance whatsoever! He states that the object from the song ended up being to facilitate a game title in which the child had to remember which gift came next and loose a turn if forgotten.
No matter what version you believe this song reinforces the idea of gift giving related to the background of festivities. If an individual gift is offered each day in this song we can recount an overall total of 364 gifts given with 184 of them being birds. Birds should have been a prized gift back in the past! In recent times an economist computes each year the price for many jibgzl gifts in this particular song adjusted to inflation. In 2005 the computed Christmas Price Index cost for all the gifts within the song was $72,608. This is done purely for entertainment from an economist’s point of view!
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