Greg King

Five Stones

12 Days of Christmas

I have to admit I have never been a big fan of the “12 Days of Christmas Song.” I think the major reason why is that I’ve never understood why anyone would ever want so many birds. Seriously what is up with all the birds:

  • 1 Partridge
  • 2 Turtle Doves
  • 3 French Hens
  • 4 Calling Birds
  • 6 Geese
  • 7 Swans

Well I accidentally came across this site that listed some of the Religious Symbolism in this Song. So while I still do not like the song at least now I know the reason for all the birds.

True Love refers to God
Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed


December 14, 2007 - Posted by | Personal

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