A little enlightenment:
In the church, "Christmas" refers to a twelve day period that starts with Christmas day. This is where "The Twelve Days of Christmas" comes from. The world celebrates Christmas for twelve hours but the church celebrates it for twelve days because the gift of Christ is with us for twelve months of the year.
The Twelve Days of Christmas
1 The "partridge in a pear tree" was Jesus Christ who died on a tree as a gift from God.
2 The "two turtle doves" were the Old and New Testaments – another gift from God.
3 The "three French hens" were faith, hope and love – the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (ICorinthians 13).
4 The "four calling birds" were the four Gospels which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.
5 The "five golden rigs" were the first five books of the Bible also called the "Books of Moses."
6 The "six geese a-laying" were the six days of creation.
7 The "seven swans a swimming" were "seven gifts of the Holy Spirit."
8 The "eight maids a milking" were the eight beatitudes.
9 The "nine ladies dancing" were nine fruits of the Holy Spirit. (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)
10 The "ten lords a-leaping" were the Ten Commandments.
11 The "eleven pipers piping" were the eleven faithful disciples.
12 The "twelve drummers drumming" were the twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed.
Its so interesting to me to find out the meaning behind every day rhymes and such.
I wish you and yours safety and many blessings Christmas and always. gail