Christmas carol

i found this and thought it would be of interest…

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me.
What in the world do leaping lords, French hens,
swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out
of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were
not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone
during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.
It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning
plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each
element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality
which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a 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 & John.
< BR>-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nin e 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 twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how t hat strange song became a Christmas Carol…so pass it on if you wish.’

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone

Nope, this was originally a French song, and there are three French versions of it with many of the same terms included. The partridge did not exist in England until the 19th century. The term “calling birds” is of 20th century origin, a mistranslation from “colly birds”, a type of blackbird, and in that context cannot describe the gospels.

It was probably just one of those kids’ songs that children turn into a game, and evolved into the catchy tune of today.

I’ll never forget being one of the eleven pipers in my grade school Christmas pageant.

I just posted about this on my blog yeaterday! How funny! Did you get this from there?

Debb,
This is nice nostalgic article,please add it to Nostalgia,for generations to read ( documentary and legacy).
Merry Christmas my friends.God is kind,moslims celebrated,then jewish on Monday,then Christmas on 25 Dec,on 7 of January for us in Egypt…HAPPY WORLD