The 12 Days of Christmas | A Christmas Carol with MeaningDec. 16th, 2015 11:13 am
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas is a time for giving, receiving, and feeling the love of our family, friends, and God. With such a mild winter in Western New York, it's hard to believe how close we are to Christmas already!
"The Twelve Days of Christmas" is made up of twelve seemingly random Christmas themes that most of us remember well, and know how to sing along. But how many of us know what the different gifts in the song actually symbolize? Below is a breakdown of the song lyrics and their hidden meaning.
On the first day of Christmas,
My True Love Gave to Me
The "true love" in the lyrics does not actually mean a man or a woman. It is a representation of God, and the "me" represents whoever believes in the Catholic or Christian faith.
And here are the rest of the gifts, and their associated meanings.
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
2 Turtle Doves
The Old & New Testaments
3 French Hens
The Theological Virtues
Faith, Hope, & Charity
4 Calling Birds
The Four Gospels/ The Four Evangelists
Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John
5 Golden Rings
The First Five Books of the Old Testament
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Book of Numbers, Deuteronomy
The Six Days of Creation
Day 1- God created the heavens and the earth
Day 2- God created the sky
Day 3- God created dry land
Day 4- God created the stars and heavenly bodies
Day 5- God created all life the lives in water
Day 6- God created creatures that live on dry land
Day 7- He rested
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Piety, Fortitude, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel, Fear of the Lord, Wisdom
The Seven Sacraments
Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick
The Eight Beatitudes
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure of heart,
for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
9 Ladies Dancing
The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self Control
The Ten Commandments
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make (false) idols.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
11 Pipers Piping
The Eleven Faithful Apostles
Simon, called Peter
Andrew, Peter's brother
John, Son of Zebedee, brother of James
Bartholomew, called Nathaniel
James, the son of Alphaeus
Thaddeus, the son of James
12 Drummers Drumming
The Twelve 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 and born of the Virgin Mary. 4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. 5. He descended into hell. On the third day he rose again. 6. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. 7. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 8. I believe in the Holy Spirit, 9. the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, 10. the forgiveness of sins, 11. the resurrection of the body, 12. and the life everlasting. Amen.
So there you have it! Families and students of Catholic and Christian schools in Buffalo and Western New York can celebrate the song this Christmas with a little more knowledge as to what the different gifts really mean.
Share this with your children, so they can understand what Christmas is really about. Stay tuned to the blog for weekly posts and updates for parents, students, and faculty of the best private schools in Buffalo and all of WNY.