Sun Dec 8, 2013, 09:03 AM
Callmecrazy (2,480 posts)
Urban legend? What do turtle doves and French hens have to do with Christmas? Here's what...
Last edited Sun Dec 8, 2013, 10:32 AM - Edit history (2)
From 1558 to 1829, English Roman Catholics were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. Each verse has a secret meaning known only to the members of the Church.
The partridge in a pear tree refers to Jesus Christ
Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testament
Three french hens refers to faith, hope and love
Four calling birds are the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Five golden rings refers to the Torah, or Law. The first five books of the Old Testament
Six geese a laying recalls the six days of creation
Seven swans a swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-- Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy
The eight maids a milking were the eight beatitudes
Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-- love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control
Ten lords a leaping are the ten Commandments
Eleven pipers pipng stood for the eleven faithful Disciples
Twelve drummers drumming symbolizes the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed
And so friends, that is your history, or trivia, lesson for the day. It was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening to know how a strange song became a Christmas Carol and now I share it with you.
Merry Twelve Days of Christmas Everyone.
4 replies, 853 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Urban legend? What do turtle doves and French hens have to do with Christmas? Here's what... (Original post)
|Wounded Bear||Dec 2013||#4|
Response to RandiFan1290 (Reply #1)
Sun Dec 8, 2013, 11:17 AM
Wounded Bear (7,504 posts)
4. Not surprising...
The supposed code just feels patched on to the verses. Snopes did a good job on that one.