The Twelve Days of Christmas

XRF_12daysWhile following the star and traveling to bring their gifts to the Christ Child, each day the Wisemen will have a symbol from the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with them to explain the meaning of each symbol in the carol.

The song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is an English Christmas carol. The carol was written as a catechism song for young children. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. To fit the number scheme, when you reach number 9, representing the Fruits of the Holy Ghost, the originator combined 6 to make 3, taking the 6 fruits that were similar: the fruit in each parenthesis is the one that was not named separately. There are actually Twelve Fruits of the Holy Ghost.

The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.