Thursday, December 21, 2006

21st Day of Christmas - The Twelve Days of Christmas

Have you ever heard of Christmas code? That is exactly what the song 12 Days of Christmas may be. For nearly three hundreds years in Englad it was against the law to be a member of the Catholic Church. According to legend, this song was written by several concerned parents as a hidden message to teach their children about the things of God during this time.

Personally, even if this is not the reason this song was originally written, it is still a good way to remember God and His love for us based on the "secret code". I'll be teaching this to my children.

Here is the alleged key to the code,

"My true love" - God, who gives all the gifts listed in the song

"A partridge in a pear tree" - Jesus, who gave His life on a tree (cross)

"Two Turtle Doves" - Old & New Testament

"Three French Hens" - Faith, Hope & Love

"Four Calling Birds" - Four Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke & John

"Five Golden Rings" - first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch)

"Six Geese a-laying" - Six Days of Creation

"Seven Swans a-swimming" - seven Gifts of the Spirit (Romans 12:6-8)

"Eight Maids a-milking" - eight beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10)

"Nine Ladies dancing" - nine Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23)

"Ten Lords a-leaping" - Ten Commandments

"Eleven Pipers Piping" - Eleven Faithful Disciples

"Twelve Drummers Drumming" - Twelve Points of the Apostle's Creed

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