That’s right, today I will tackle the big one: “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” This song has always bothered me – who would want all that crazy stuff and why would anyone give their true love all those birds?
When I did a little research, I was really surprised – and intrigued – by what I found. Have you ever heard the meaning of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”?
The Twelve Days of Christmas
Partridge — The One True God;
Two turtle doves — Old and New Testaments;
Three French hens — Three Persons of the Trinity (or the Three Patriarchs — Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.)
Four colley birds — The Four Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John;
Five gold rings — The first five books of the Bible, believed to be written by Moses, called the Pentateuch;
Six geese — Six jars of water, turned to wine by Jesus at the wedding at Cana;
Seven swans — Seven Sacraments;
Eight maids a-milking — Eight Beatitudes;
Nine ladies dancing — Nine Choirs (or ranks) of Angels;
Ten lords a-leaping — Ten Commandments;
Eleven pipers — Eleven faithful disciples (not including Judas), or the eleven stars seen in the Old Testament account of Joseph’s dream;
Twelve drummers — Twelve Apostles, or the twelve tribes of Israel.
I got this information here; the site also gives background on why Christians created this mnemonic device.