The Symbolic Twelve Days of Christmas



The “Twelve Days of Christmas” takes on a deeper meaning with the following symbolic application:
*Instead of referring to a suitor, the “true love” mentioned in the song refers to God.

*The “me” receiving the presents is symbolic of every baptized person.

*The partridge in the pear tree is Jesus Christ, and in the song, He is symbolically presented as a mother partridge who feigns injury to
decoy predators from her helpless nestlings.
The other symbols carry their own religious meanings:

*Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments

*Three french hens: Faith, hope and charity

*Four calling birds: The four Gospels
*Five gold rings: The first five books of the Old Testament or
the Torah
*Six geese a laying: The six days of creation
*Seven swans a-swimming: The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
*Eight maids a-milking: The eight Beatitudes
*Nine ladies dancing: The nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
*Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
*Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful disciples
*Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of belief in the
Apostles’ Creed.
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