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Top 10 Origin of 12 Days of Christmas

When most people hear "The 12 Days of Christmas," they think of the song. This song had its origins as a teaching tool to instruct young people in the meaning and content of the Christian faith.

1) On the First Day of Christmas: A Partridge in a Pear Tree
"...my true love gave to me..." The "true love" represents God and the "me" who receives these presents is the Christian. The "Partridge in a pear tree" was Jesus Christ who dies on a tree as a gift from God.

2) Second Day of Christmas: 2 Turtle Doves
The Old and New Testaments.

3) Third Day of Christmas: 3 French Hens
Faith, Hope and Charity.

4) Fourth Day of Christmas: 4 Calling Birds
The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists.

5) Fifth Day of Christmas: 5 Golden Rings
The first Five Books of the Old Testament.

6) Sixth Day of Christmas: 6 Geese A Laying
The Six days of creation.

7) Seventh Day of Christmas: 7 Swans A Swimming
The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

8) Eighth Day of Christmas: 8 Maids Milking
The eight Beatitudes.

9) Ninth Day of Christmas: 9 Ladies Dancing
The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

10) Tenth Day of Christmas: 10 Lords A Leaping
The Ten Commandments.... ...

11) Pipers Piping: The eleven faithful disciples

12) Drummers Drumming: The twelve points of the Apostles' Creed

 
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