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A Secret Code…

The 12 Days Of Christmas may have been in fact a secret teaching tool for Catholics during the 18th and 19th century.

Each item in the 12 Days Of Christmas song may be a metaphor for a bible story.

A theory that has merit but has not been proven.

  • On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree, symbolising God (true love) and Jesus Christ (the partridge).
  • Second day: Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
  • Third day: Three French hens represented the three gifts of faith, hope and love.
  • Fourth day: Calling birds were the four gospels.
  • Fifth day: Five golden rings were the Books of Moses.
  • Sixth day: Geese a-laying stands for the six days of creation.
  • Seventh day: Swans a-swimming were the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  • Eighth day: Maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
  • Ninth day: Ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit such as charity, peace and kindness.
  • Tenth day: Lords a-leaping represent the 10 Commandments.
  • Eleventh day: Pipers piping were the 11 apostles.
  • Twelfth day: Twelve drummers drumming represented the points of the Apostles Creed.

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