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1 This is interesting on Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:49 pm


I guess it is true

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?

This week, I found out.

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.

-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 nine 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 that strange song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish.'

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone


2 Re: This is interesting on Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:00 pm


Very nice, but it sounds like science fiction to me..

3 Re: This is interesting on Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:58 pm

rosco 357

i have never heard that before, about that song, take care

4 Re: This is interesting on Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:44 am


umm me either, got it email from a (SCHOOL FRIEND) will have to fact check! LOL

5 checked with snopes on Thu Dec 17, 2009 2:59 am


it is false/isn'tit amazing how all this crap gets started?
but my thought/it was interesting, still would like to know what the dancing lords/other things mean//maybe a dream! lol!

ps: good old snopes ,has debunked many poopies for 2009// LOVE SNOPES//

6 Re: This is interesting on Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:51 pm

rosco 357

yes as i have said i dont use that one but , i use "" which is internet forklore and urban myths, it is huge but has a search engine, it has been doing and checking things for years much longer than snoops, but its so big sometimes its a bit hard to navigate,but i like it better, take care

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