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CHURCH YEAR - TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS EXPLAINED

THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS–EXPLAINED

The traditional story behind the carol: To teach children about their faith, each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which children could remember.

One      Partridge                               Jesus Christ
Two       Turtle Doves                        The Old and New Testaments
Three    French Hens                         Faith, Hope, and Love (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Four      Calling Birds                         Four Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
Five       Golden Rings                       First five books of the Old Testament (Torah or Law)  
Six         Geese-a-Laying                   Six literal days of creation (Genesis 1:1-31; Genesis 2:1-7).
Seven    Swans-a-Swimming          Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
Eight      Maids-a-Milking                 Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11 minus one)
Nine       Ladies Dancing                   Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22)
Ten         Lords-a-Leaping                 The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
Eleven   Pipers Piping                       Eleven faithful disciples (Luke 6:12-13).
Twelve   Drummers Drumming      Points of belief in "The Apostles' Creed"
  1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth.
  2. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
  3. Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,
  4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.
  5. He descended into Hell. On the third day He rose again from the dead.
  6. He ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
  7. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
  8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  9. The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints,
10. The forgiveness of sins,
11. The resurrection of the body,
12. And the life everlasting. Amen.