My True Love Gave to Me... a Partridge in a Pear Tree!
Do you know that the 12 days of Christmas are actually December 26th to January 6th? Do you know that the poem-turned-carol was originally written to continue passing on the traditions of the Catholic church in Protestand England?
The True Love who is bestowing gifts upon us is God. The Partridge in a Pear Tree is Jesus, as He was given to us on Christmas. Here's the full list of the meanings:
Two Turtle Doves - Old & New Testament
Three French Hens - Faith, Hope, Love
Four Calling Birds - the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John
Five Gold Rings - Five books of the Old Testament, which describe man's fall into sin & the Love of God in giving us Jesus
Six Geese a-Laying - the 6 days of creation
Seven Swans a-Swimming - sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit (prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhoration, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy
Eight Maids a-Milking - the eight beatitudes
Nine Ladies Dancing - nine fruits of the Holy Spirit (Charit, Joy, Peac, Patience, Goodness, Mildness, Fidelity, Modesty, and Connectivity)
Ten Lords a-Leaping - the Ten Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping - the 11 faithful apostles
Twelve Drummers - the twelve points of belief in the Apostle's Creed.
Just some food for thought on this First Day of Christmas!