Saturday, December 13, 2008

Twelve Days of Christmas -- Cracked

Familiar with the song, 12 Days of Christmas?.. Ever wonder what it signifies? Because if you take this song literally, you won’t appreciate it that much. What’s with the geese? The birds? The hens? Let me share with you what I've learned from my C.L. (Christian Living) class way back high school.

12 Days of Christmas

True Love – God
Me – Baptized Person
Partridge in a Pear Tree – Jesus Christ
Two Turtle Doves – Old Testament and New Testament
Three French Hens – Three Theological Virtues (Faith, Hope, Love)
Four Calling Birds – the Gospels
Five Golden Rings – Pentateuch (the First Five Books – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy)
Six Geese a-Laying – Six Days of Creation
Seven Swans a-Swimming – Seven Sacraments / Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Eight Maids a-Milking – Eight Beautitudes
Nine Ladies Dancing – Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
Ten Lords a-Leaping – The Ten Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping – 11 Faithful Apostles
Twelve Drummers Drumming – Twelve Tenets (Apostles’ Creed)

People in earlier times were denied the right to bring glory to Christ. In order for them to commend this special season, they entailed a secret meaning into this song. So the next time you hear it, remember what the gifts really are. ;)

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