Thursday, December 19, 2013

12 Days of Christmas

My grandmother has these beautiful figurines of the 12 days of Christmas. I am a kid that loves numbers, so this has always been a Christmas decoration that fascinated me. A few years ago, a fellow colleague introduced me to this book. The 12 days of Christmas represents the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany on January 6th. The song was a secret method that could be song in public without fear of persecution. Each line of the song had a Christian meaning behind it. Take a look:
  1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus.
  2. The two turtle doves are the Old and New Testaments
  3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
  4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
  5. The five gold rings recall the first five books of the Old Testament, or the Pentateuch.
  6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
  7. The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
  8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight Beatitudes.
  9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
  10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
  11. Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful Apostles.
  12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles Creed.
I have included the link to the book below. We made posters as a follow-up to the book, and it was a great lesson to combine faith, math, history, and the arts.

The Real 12 Days of Christmas: The Story by the Song by Helen Haidle

I pray you all have a blessed Christmas with family and friends as you celebrate the birth of the King!