The Meaning of the "12 Days of Christmas" Song!

The 12 Days of Christmas is a catechism song that was originally meant to teach the faith to children during a time when it was illegal to practice the Catholic Faith. The song is a memory device to help the young remember the important parts of the faith. Enjoy the 12 days.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” celebrates the official Christmas season which starts liturgically on Christmas Day and ends twelve days later on the Feast of the Epiphany. My "true love" refers to God and "me" refers to the individual Catholic. Some believe there are more than one interpretation, so we have provided both.

Partridge in a Pear tree: Jesus Christ.

Two Turtle Doves: represent the two natures in Jesus, human and divine/the two Testaments.

Three French Hens: are the Three Persons in Trinity/Faith, Hope and Charity.

Four Calling Birds: the four gospels/four evangelists.

Five Golden Rings: are the first five books of Moses. 

Six Geese a Laying: Six days of creation.

Seven Swans a Swimming: are the Seven Sacraments/seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

Eight Maids a Milking: are the Eight Beatitudes. 

Nine Drummers Drumming: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Ten Ladies Dancing: are the Ten Commandments. 

Eleven Pipers Piping: are the eleven Apostles who remained faithful after the treachery of Judas. 

The Twelve Lords a Leaping: are the twelve basic beliefs of the Catholic Church as outlined in the Apostles Creed.