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The Twelve (12) Days of Christmas (Possible Meanings)


The 12 days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th).
The 12 days start from December 25th & finish January 5th.

1 Partridge in a pear tree = The One true God.

2 Turtle Doves = The Old & New Testaments

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope & Charity (Theological Virtues)

4 Calling Birds = The Four Gospels (&/or the 4 Evangelists)
  • 1. - Matthew
  • 2. - Mark
  • 3. - Luke
  • 4. - John
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
  • 1. - Genesis
  • 2. - Exodus
  • 3. - Leviticus
  • 4. - Numbers
  • 5. - Deuteronomy
6 Geese A-laying = the 6 days of creation.

7 Swans A-swimming = the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, the 7 sacraments (Romans 12:6-8; cf. 1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
  • 1. - Prophecy
  • 2. - Ministry
  • 3. - Teaching
  • 4. - Exhortation
  • 5. - Giving
  • 6. - Leading
  • 7. - Compassion
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitude (Matthew 5:3-10)
  • 1. - Blessed are the poor in spirit.
  • 2. - Those who mourn.
  • 3. - The meek.
  • 4. - Those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.
  • 5. - The merciful.
  • 6. - The pure in heart.
  • 7. - The peacemakers.
  • 8. - Those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake.
9 Ladies Dancing = the 9 Fruits of the Holy Spirit . (Galatians 5:22)
  • 1. - Love
  • 2. - Joy
  • 3. - Peace
  • 4. - Patience
  • 5. - Kindness
  • 6. - Generosity
  • 7. - Faithfulness
  • 8. - Gentleness
  • 9. - Self-control
10 Lords A-leaping = the 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)
  • 1. - You shall have no other gods before me.
  • 2. - Do not make an idol.
  • 3. - Do not take God's name in vain.
  • 4. - Remember the Sabbath Day.
  • 5. - Honor your father and mother.
  • 6. - Do not murder.
  • 7. - Do not commit adultery.
  • 8. - Do not steal.
  • 9. - Do not bear false witness.
  • 10. - Do not covet.
11 Pipers Piping = the 11 faithful apostles (Luke 6:14-16). Does not include 12th disciple, Judas Iscariot (he betrayed Jesus to the Romans).
  • 1. - Simon Peter
  • 2. - Andrew
  • 3. - James
  • 4. - John
  • 5. - Philip
  • 6. - Bartholomew
  • 7. - Matthew
  • 8. - Thomas
  • 9. - James bar Alphaeus
  • 10. - Simon the Zealot
  • 11. - Judas bar James.
12 Drummers Drumming = the 12 points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
  • 1. - I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
  • 2. - I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
  • 3. - He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit & born of the virgin Mary.
  • 4. - He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave].
  • 5. - On the 3rd day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
  • 6. - He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
  • 7. - I believe in the Holy Spirit.
  • 8. - The holy catholic Church.
  • 9. - The communion of saints.
  • 10. - The forgiveness of sins.
  • 11. - The resurrection of the body.
  • 12. - & life everlasting.

Image Credit - by laurelines (Laura Frankstone) (cc)

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