Dec 16, 2011

What are the 12 Days of Christmas really about?

Last night the kids and I huddled under our Christmas tree to read bedtime stories. We read a book my grandmother gave to us and it was an instant favorite - because you can sing the story! It is called "One Baby Jesus", a nativity version of the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas

It is fun. You will get so caught up in singing along that you won't even give it a second thought as to how the band chimed in. And then you'll look up to see that its just your 3 year old yanking every noisy ornament off your tree. Oh, and you will especially enjoy one of your sweet, yet congested children (ehem..Haley..) belting it out to the part "FIVE golden stars!


Sometime after evening prayers, goodnight kisses, and mommy-I-have-to-pee's...the very catchy lyrics led my mind to the original song and it's lyrics. And then of course I have to look it up! 

I came across some very interesting descriptions of the origins of this memorable song, all of them leading to Biblical meanings. Here are some highlights of what I found:

1. There was a time when Catholics in England could not practice their faith in public or private; it was a crime to do so. The Twelve Days of Christmas was then written as a "catechism song" to help young believers understand their faith. Read more here.

2. The Twelve Days symbolize the 12 days from Christmas to the Epiphany on January 6th. Read more here.

3. Both of the above and this reference break down the lyrics Biblical representations:
Partridge in a pear tree...Jesus on the cross
Two turtle doves...New and Old Testaments
Read more here.

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