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Old 12-14-2011, 03:05 PM   #1
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Merry Christmas to all!

There is one Christmas carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and partridges have to do with Christmas? Read on as I just found out.

From 1558 to 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 your Catholics. I 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 the pear tree was Jesus Christ.
- Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testaments.
- Three French Hens stood for faith, hope & 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, & 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 symbolizes the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So, there is your history lesson for today. This knowledge was shared with me and now we both know
how this strange song became a Christmas Carol, so pass it on to all your friends and family.

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Merry Christmas to all!

There is one Christmas carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and partridges have to do with Christmas? Read on as I just found out.

From 1558 to 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 your Catholics. I 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 the pear tree was Jesus Christ.
- Two Turtle Doves were the Old and New Testaments.
- Three French Hens stood for faith, hope & 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, & 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 symbolizes the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So, there is your history lesson for today. This knowledge was shared with me and now we both know
how this strange song became a Christmas Carol, so pass it on to all your friends and family.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:35 PM   #3
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Gonna share it on FB. Thanks Doug.
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