Subject: Meaning of the Twelves Days of Christmas Lyrics

People often think of The Twelve Days of Christmas
as the days preceding the festival.
Actually, Christmas is a season of the Christian Year
that last for days beginning
December 25 and lasting until January 6
- the Day of Epiphany -
when the church celebrates the revelation of
Christ as the light of the world and recalls
the journey of the Magi.

From 1558 until 1829 people in England
were not allowed to practice their faith openly.
During this era someone wrote
'The Twelve Days of Christmas'
as a kind of secret catechism
that could be sung in public
without risk of persecution.
The song has two levels of interpretation:
"the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning
known only to members of the church."

Each element in the carol is a code word
for a religious reality.

1. The partridge in a pear tree is
Jesus Christ.
2. The two turtledoves are the
Old and New Testaments.
3. Three French hens stand for
Faith, Hope and Love.
4. The four calling birds are the
Four Gospels.
5. The five gold rings recall the torah (Law) the
First Five Books of  the Old Testament.
6. The six geese a-laying stand for the
Six Days of Creation.
7. Seven swans a-swimming represent the
Sevenfold Gifts of the Spirit.
8. The eight maids a-milking are the
Eight Beatitudes.
9. Nine ladies dancing are the
Nine Fruits of the Spirit (Gal.5).
10. The ten lords a-leaping are the
Ten Commandments.
11. Eleven pipers piping stand for the
Eleven Faithful Disciples.
12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the
Twelve Points of Belief in the Apostles Creed.

There you have it,
the HIDDEN meaning of
"The Twelve Days of Christmas"
and the secret behind the song.