Wednesday, November 29, 2006

12 Days of Christmas

Nell and I couldn't remember all of the things that went with the days in the song, so I looked it up. Since this is probably a common problem, I thought I'd post them to help everyone out. Also, having a christmas song in your head during finals time may relieve the stress. Maybe.

First day: The Partridge in the pear tree, of course
Second day: Turtle Doves
Third day: French Hens
Fourth day: Calling birds
Fifth day: Golden Rings
Sixth day: Geese a-laying
Seventh day: Swans a-swimmin
Eighth day: Maid a-milking
Ninth day: Ladies dancing
Tenth day: Lords a-leaping
Eleventh day: Pipers piping
Twelfth day: Drummers drumming

Additionally, I have discovered there is religious significance to each of the days. Though not a believer myself, I thought it was a little bit interesting. And its always nice to have some additional context. So here is the christian hook to each day:

1 True Love refers to God
2 Turtle Doves refers to the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying refers to the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking refers to the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping refers to the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping refers to the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did not think you could top the orange peel post, but this is totally awesome. Thank you! This is really cool.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's really interesting. I had never heard of the 9 gifts of the holy spirit, and I thought it might be made up, but here they are: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. We didn't know this had Christian significance. As always we've been enlightened.

3:10 PM  

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