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Old 26th-November-2008, 14:38   #1
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Is this true?

I have just come across this while looking for something entirely different (God Bless Google), and it had never occurred to me before that this was a religious song. Is this right, or has someone just added the religious bit to make the song more 'meaningful' ?

Religious symbolism of the Twelve Days of Christmas


1 True Love refers to God

2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments

3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the
Theological Virtues

4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.

6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation

7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes

9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments

11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles

12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed


(I cannot credit the author as there was none given.)

I don't what happened to the Partridge - must have fallen out of the Pear Tree !

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I found this.

1st Day: The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them.
The tree is the symbol of the fall of the human race through the sin of Adam and Eve. It is also the symbol of its redemption by Jesus Christ on the tree of the Cross.


http://www.appleseeds.org/12_days-christmas.htm

Just for one moment...think about someone special in your life who has passed...someone who has touched your life and made a difference remind yourself and others that, as long as we remember...they will live in our hearts forever xxx[/COLOR]
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Excellent...I have heard similar before...Makes you think doesn't it!

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