Friday, December 25, 2009

A Christian look at the 12 Days of Christmas

Visiting one of my patients this week, she shared with me the meaning behind the Christmas carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. I don't know if this is what the author of "The 12 Days of Christmas" meant for the song, but I liked this. I hope you do too. The website is one site I found a basis for this list. Some of my research revealed that this was a way to secretly preserve the tenets of the Catholic faith. Whether this is true or not I liked it and hope you do to.

A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus Christ
2 turtle doves: Old and New Testament
3 French hens: faith, hope and love
4 calling birds: Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
5 golden rings: the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy)
6 geese a laying: 6 days of creation
7 swans a swimming: gifts of the Holy Spirit (Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leaders, and Mercy)
8 maids a milking: The Beatitudes
9 ladies dancing: Fruit of the Spirit (Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control)
10 lords a leaping: The 10 Commandments
11 pipers piping: the 11 faithful disciples
12 drummers drumming: 12 points of the Apostle's Creed