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Top 12 Origin of 12 Days of Christmas


When most people hear "The 12 Days of Christmas," they think of the song. This song had its origins as a teaching tool to instruct young people in the meaning and content of the Christian faith.

1. On the First Day of Christmas: A Partridge in a Pear Tree

"...my true love gave to me..." The "true love" represents God and the "me" who receives these presents is the Christian. The "Partridge in a pear tree" was Jesus Christ who dies on a tree as a gift from God.

2. Second Day of Christmas: 2 Turtle Doves

The Old and New Testaments.

3. Third Day of Christmas: 3 French Hens

Faith, Hope and Charity.

4. Fourth Day of Christmas: 4 Calling Birds

The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists.

5. Fifth Day of Christmas: 5 Golden Rings

The first Five Books of the Old Testament.

6. Sixth Day of Christmas: 6 Geese A Laying

The Six days of creation.

7. Seventh Day of Christmas: 7 Swans A Swimming

The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

8. Eighth Day of Christmas: 8 Maids Milking

The eight Beatitudes.

9. Ninth Day of Christmas: 9 Ladies Dancing

The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

10. Tenth Day of Christmas: 10 Lords A Leaping

The Ten Commandments.

11. Eleventh Day of Christmas: 11 Pipers Piping

The eleven faithful disciples

12. 12th Day of Christmas: 12 Drummers Drumming

The 12 points of the Apostles' Creed

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