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Me either.

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1/6/17 12:58 A

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I had no idea about the majority of this. What about the rest of you? emoticon

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1/5/17 8:28 P

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On the
day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me
ten Drummers Drumming

These represent the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles' Creed:
1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell [the grave].
5) On the third day h\He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
7) I believe in the Holy Spirit,
8) the Church,
9) the communion of saints,
10) the forgiveness of sins,
11) the resurrection of the body,
12) and life everlasting.

In most of the Western Church the twelve days are from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.

In the Western church, Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12). Traditionally there were three Magi, probably from the fact of three gifts, even though the biblical narrative never says how many Magi came. In some cultures, especially Hispanic and Latin American culture, January 6th is observed as Three Kings Day, or simply the Day of the Kings (Span: la Fiesta de Reyes, el Dia de los Tres Reyes, or el Dia de los Reyes Magos; Dutch: Driekoningendag).
The Twelfth Night is January 5th, the last day of the Christmas Season before Epiphany (January 6th). In some church traditions, January 5th is considered the eleventh Day of Christmas, while the evening of January 5th is still counted as the Twelfth Night, the beginning of the Twelfth day of Christmas the following day. Twelfth Night often included feasting along with the removal of Christmas decorations. Many European celebrations of Twelfth Night included a King's Cake, remembering the visit of the Three Magi,

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1/5/17 1:30 A

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what do you know.... emoticon

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1/4/17 4:41 P

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On the
day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me eleven Pipers Piping.

Representing the eleven Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16).
The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus.


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1/3/17 2:38 P

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now that one makes sense. emoticon

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1/3/17 12:56 P

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On the
day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me
10 Lords a-Leaping

Representing the 10 Commandments

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1/2/17 3:45 P

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that is all rather surprising.... emoticon emoticon

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On the
day of Christmas, my true love gave to me nine ladies dancing.

This is another with multiple references:
The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control)
Or the nine choirs of angels (Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and regular angels);



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On the
day of Christmas, my true love gave to me eight maids a-milking.

This represented the 8 Beatitudes:
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy
Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven



On the
day of Christmas, my true love gave to me seven swans a swimming.

This one has more than one Biblical references.
Swans, always associated with royalty and prophecy, were thought to know the hour of their death and announce their death with a great cry (“swan song”), thereby earning them an enduring association with Christ’s work on the cross. Then add the biblical nuance of seven suggesting a completed work, and the connection to the cross is complete.

The "seven swans a swimming" is more commonly considered a reference to the "seven gifts of the Holy Spirit"-- Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Strength, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord) (I Corinthians 12:8-11; Romans 12, Ephesians 4; I Peter 4:10-11).
As we look forward to bringing in the New Year, it is good to reflect on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Like any gift, however, we have to open these and use them. These are some heavy-duty gifts. If we use them daily, they not only serve us well by making us holier, they stand as a sign of God’s love to all those around us. In learning, understanding and using these gifts, we come to know God and ourselves more intimately. That intimate knowledge will lead us to our salvation.


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I hear there was some meaning to this song long ago, and forgot it, since it's complicated. Interesting. I didn't know that there was meaning to the candy cane either.I wonder if these things were the original meaning, or something they tried to find, since many holidays meaning were originally pagan.

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Getting a late start on this, but just came across this information (Thank you, RHOOK). I do remember hearing some time ago that there was a religious meaning behind this song; that it was taught to children as a catechism of a sort. This is the first time I've seen the symbolism of each day explained.
So I'm going to play a little bit of 'catch up' here and share it with you.

On the day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a partridge in a prayer tree.

The “true love” is meant to convey that God – the True Love – came down from Heaven on Christmas Day. On this most extraordinary day, we know that our God is a God of true love. He has revealed His love, in part, by becoming one of us, truly, in the flesh. So we celebrate the birth of Christ into our world and into our hearts, and reflect on the gift of salvation that is born with him.

The "me" who receives the presents refers to every baptized person. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks..."


On the day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, two turtle doves

The pair of birds were meant to symbolize the Old and New Testaments.


On the
day of Christmas,my true love gave to me, three French Hens

The three French hens symbolize Faith, Hope and Love.


On the day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling birds

The four calling birds bring to mind the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
All tell of Jesus' ministry, but they each have a slightly different “take” on Jesus. As we continue to celebrate the Nativity of Our Lord, why not spend some time reading one of the Gospels, and praying that you get to know Jesus more and more.


On the day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five golden rings.

The number five is meant to remember the Pentateuch, the first five books of Jewish Scripture and the Christian Bible.


On the day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six geese a’laying

The number six is meant to represent the six days of Creation.



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