Merry Christmas Eve Day My Friends,
I was looking on a Christian Ecard site that i subscribe to and i saw this "different" rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas and i wanted to share it with you. It put a whole new meaning to that song for me and made so much sense to me....I hope you will enjoy it.....
The PARTRIDGE in the pear tree was Jesus Christ.
TWO TURTLE DOVES were the Old and New Testaments.
THREE FRENCH HENS stood for faith, hope and love.
The FOUR CALLING BIRDS were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The FIVE GOLDEN RINGS recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
The SIX GEESE a laying stood the six days of creation.
SEVEN SWANS a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhoratation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.
The EIGHT MAIDS a-milking were the eight beautitudes.
NINE LADIES dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit-Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
The TEN Lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
The ELEVEN PIPERS piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The TWELVE DRUMMERS drumming symbolized the the twelve points or belief in the Apostles's Creed.
The history of this is:
From `1558 until 1829, certain religions were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a song for these young children. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meeting known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code for a religous reality which the children could remember....
I really like this rendition...I enjoyed reading the "TRUE" meaning of this carol.
I hope you will enjoy it also....
In Gods Love