12 Days of Christmas is an English Christmas carol. There are many books revealed the true meaning of this song called 12 Days of Christmas. And as per the Handbook of Catholic Sacramental written by Ann Ball. The song of the 12 days of Christmas was written in England as a catechism song. That time Roman Catholics were not allowed to teach or learn the catholic faith and if it is done that means you are doing something illegal. The carol 12 days of Christmas holds a hidden meaning with itself in order to help the children keep in mind the lessons of faith. Let’s have a look the meaning of this carols.
In this carols, you find “2 Turtle Doves” which stands for “The Old and New Testaments.” On the other hand, “3 French Hens” means having Faith, Hope and Charity. And 4 Calling Birds stands for the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists. And after it, you find “Golden Rings” and the hidden meaning of it the first Five Books of the Old Testament which is the “Pentateuch” and it gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
Then, you find “Geese A-laying” which stands for the six days of creation. And Swans A-swimming means the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments. Maids A-milking cites the eight beatitudes and Ladies Dancing elaborates the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Then, you find Lords A-leaping which means the ten commandments. Pipers Piping stands for the eleven faithful apostles and Drummers Drumming means the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed.
This song was a unique way on that time to disperse the teaching of the faith. The word TRUE LOVER mentioned in this song does not belong to an earthly suitor, but it’s all about the God who is Jesus Christ, the son of God. This song possesses a great charm and attraction to make the people believe in the Son of God. And Christmas does not without singing this carols. 12 Days of Christmas has its own significant value to keep remember always Jesus Christ.