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By Amy Reeves
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Where'd that come from? Twelve Days of Chirstmas (Song)

 


The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol. From the mid-16th century to the early-18th century, many Catholics were not allowed to practice their faith openly and had to get creative in the ways they worshiped. Someone during this time period, wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a girlfriend or a boyfriend, but Jesus Christ, because, the lesson went, True Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also a representation of Jesus. Partridges by nature are willing to sacrifice their life if necessary to protect their young by feigning injury to draw away predators. The gifts that are given, compile with each day. So you do not actually receive the gift just once, by the 12th day, you have 12 partridges and 12 pear trees, not just one of each.

Here is the Twelve Days of Christmas and what they stand for:

The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus on the cross.

The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.

Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds are the four Gospels.

The five gold rings recall the Hebrew Torah (Law), or the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament.

The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.

The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.

Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.

Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.

Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.

Here is how the Twelve Days of Christmas impacted my life…

By the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love had given me so many birds, milking cows, and people to take care of that I was extremely overwhelmed. So being the optimistic person that I am, here is what I did.

With all the fertilizer from the birds and cattle, my 12 pear trees are now part of a lovely orchard.

The family of 12 partridges hopped in an old school bus and headed for Hollywood. The last I heard, they had formed a ’70s rock band and had three platinum albums.

The 22 turtle doves I trained with the latest technology in drone spyware. They worked out so well, I sold the patent to the government for military purposes. They keep telling me the check is in the mail.

The 30 French hens were horribly rude and but tasted delectable as hors d’oeuvres. In fact they were so incredibly tasty, I was asked to be a contestant at the Concours mondial de la cuisine in France.

The 36 calling birds I sent out to ATT as the latest invention in Off the Grid Wireless Communications. I still haven’t heard anything back from them.

The 40 gold rings I pawned to pay for all the food and lodging for all the birds, cows, and people.

The 42 geese a-laying…not a single golden egg…so I made omelets, a lot of omelets,

The 42 swan’s a-swimming hooked up with the 42 geese a-laying and flew south. They must have heard about Duck Dynasty and wanted to check it out.

What came next is something hard to explain, however, I will do my best…All I can say is I am thankful I was in Las Vegas when all this occurred because the next day I had 64 weddings to attend with Elvis and Marilyn Monroe impersonators at the Graceland Wedding Chapel.

The 40 maid’s a-milking ditched their bovine and joined the 36 ladies dancing at a club. It just so happened that the 30 lords a-leaping, 22 pipers piping and 12 drummers drumming were putting on a concert at that club. When all those dancing ladies and maids walked in, that is when the party really started! With all those lord’s a-leaping on all those ladies dancing, I was out of there. I had a lovely night with my true love in our hotel room.

As for the 12 remaining single ladies dancing that did not get hooked up with a lord, piper or drummer, they got hired by Cirque du Solei. And the cows’ a-milking…that is udderly disturbing. They headed out into the desert somewhere near Area 52 and were never seen again.

 

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