The Twelve Days of Christmas are today a popular and fun Christmas song that most of us sing for a long time without really knowing its origin or meaning. Although many consider it a nonsense song of children, it is thought that it was written in England with hidden meanings to help English Catholic children remember different articles of faith during the persecution of the Protestant Kings. in the 16th century. It was a time when you had to be caught with something by "writing" indicating that adherence to the Catholic faith could not only imprison you, but also make you hang!
Meanwhile in England, being Catholic was a crime. , the song "Twelve Days of Christmas" was suggested as originally an "Underground Catechism" used as an aid to understand and disseminate the teachings of religion. It was a way to camouflage and defend their religion that was illegal to be practiced publicly or privately!
Let's take a look at the symbols. The "true love" does not represent a suitor, in fact he represents "God", the "me" who receives the gifts is suggested to be each baptized. The gifts themselves represented different ideas as follows:
The "Partridge in a Pear Tree" was Jesus
2 Turtle Doves = Old and New Testaments of the Bible
3 French Chicken = Faith, Hope and Charity – Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = The Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
5 Rings of Gold = The First Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which relays the story of the fall of the man of grace
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of Creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven sacraments – the gifts of the Holy -Mind.
8 Maids A-Milking = the eight Beatitudes (solemn blessings)
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 A-bound Lords = the Ten Commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles.
12 Drumming drums = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed.
However, not everyone believes this version of the story of the Apostle. ng to be true. In Leigh Grand's book "A Celebration of History", the words of the song were written in the late 1700s and music came a little earlier from France. He suggests that the song is nothing more than a memory game of a child. According to Grand the song has no religious significance whatsoever! He said that the purpose of the song was to facilitate a game where the child had to remember the gift that came next and lose a ride if he was forgotten.
Whatever the version, this song reinforces the idea of gift associated with the history of the festivities. If a gift is given every day in this song then we can tell a total of 364 gifts given with 184 of them being birds. The birds must have been a precious gift in the old days!
In recent times, an economist calculates each year the cost of all the gifts of this song adjusted to inflation. In 2005, the calculated cost of the Christmas Price Index for all the gifts of the song was $ 72,608. This is done purely for the pleasure of an economist's point of view!
If you want to listen to this famous Christmas song, you can download or play for free on the Internet at: http://www.christmasgifts.com/music.html or you can buy a copy from Amazon.com – Enjoy, sing, enter the festive spirit and see how good your memory is!