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Inspired by lyrics of the Carol "Twelve days of Christmas" - a good deal more than just a repetitious melody with pretty phrases and a list of strange gifts.
Catholics in England during the period 1558 to 1829,were prohibited. It was a crime to BE a Catholic.
The Twelve Days of Christmas" was written to help young Catholics learn the tenets of their faith - a memory aid, when to be caught with anything in writing could not only get you imprisoned, it could get you hanged,or hanged,drawn and quartered,
"On the first day of Christmas, My true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree" is Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
Two Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
Three French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
November 27th, 2011
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