Twelve days of Christmas


On the 1st day of Christmas my true love sent to me
a Partridge in a pear tree
On the 2nd day of Christmas my true love sent to me
2 Turtle Doves etc
On the 3rd day of Christmas my true love sent to me
3 French Hens etc
On the 4th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
4 Calling Birds etc
On the 5th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
5 Golden Rings etc
On the 6th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
6 Geese A-laying etc
On the 7th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
7 Swans A-swimming
On the 8th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
8 Maids A-milking
On the 9th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
9 Ladies Dancing
On the 10th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
10 Lords A-leaping
On the 11th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
11 Pipers Piping
On the 12th day of Christmas my true love sent to me
12 Drummers Drumming

The following has been suggested as 'meanings' for the 12 symbolic gifts
1 Partridge in a pear tree = The One true God revealed in the person of Jesus Christ
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch" which contain the law condemning us of our sins.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments of the Catholic faith
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed


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