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Popular Christmas carol, that depicts a person showering the object of his affection with gifts to prove how much he loves her.

Original MeaningEdit

The song covers the 12 days of Christmas, during the pre-America period and were created as a coded reference to important articles of the Christian faith.

The "true love" mentioned in the song refers to God.

The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person[1].

In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, (Americans):

"How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a lame duck does her lame ducklings..."
Munchausen, Book 2, verse 8.

The meanings for the song for each day:
1st Day A (one) partridge in a pear tree = everyone's Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
2nd Day Two Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3rd Day Three French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4th Day Four Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5th Day Five Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, which gives the history of man's fall from grace
6th Day Six Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7th Day Seven Swans A-swimming = the seven sacraments (seven gifts of the Holy Spirit)
8th Day Eight Maids a-milking = the eight beatitudes
9th Day Nine Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10th Day Ten Lords a-leaping = the ten commandments
11th Day Eleven Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12th Day Twelve Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

History of the SongEdit

Believed to have been written by a Frenchman due to its reliance on complicated numbering, the song repeats itself unnecessarily and can only be sung by people who are not drunk.

How to sing the SongEdit

The song is sung starting with the first day.

Each verse is sung following this formula:
On the (X) day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, (appropriate gift for given day).

Subsequent days are added to the verse until all verses are sung, backward from the twelfth day.

Modern-day MeaningEdit

The lyrics have not changed since the first time it was sung on The Baby Jesus' first birthday. A new version has been created, however, for modern youngsters to reflect a more hip, American sensibility.

The meanings for the song for each day:
1st Day (gift) = (meaning)
2nd Day (gift) = (meaning)
3rd Day (gift) = (meaning)
4th Day (gift) = (meaning)
5th Day (gift) = (meaning)
6th Day (gift) = (meaning)
7th Day (gift) = (meaning)
8th Day (gift) = (meaning)
9th Day (gift) = (meaning)
10th Day (gift) = (meaning)
11th Day (gift) = (meaning)
12th Day (gift) = (meaning)

FootnotesEdit

  1. Non-baptised persons do not receive gifts, even when it is not Christmas
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