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December 18th, 2002, 09:31 AM #1
A friend send this to me and would like to share it to all and I wish you all Merry Christmas
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. Have you ever?
There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. Have you ever
wondered about THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS? What in the world do leaping
lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't
come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
Today, I found out. From 1558 until 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 young Catholics. It 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 a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments
Three French hens stood for faith, hope and 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
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, and
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
The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.
The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in The
So there is your history for today. This knowledge was
shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know
how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...
Love Life to the fullest. we only get ONE chance! :-)<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
December 18th, 2002, 10:01 AM #2
- Join Date
- January 18th, 2005
- St Clair Shores MI.
Wonder if Islam has their own distorted version?
"Anyone can make a dollar, it is when you make sense that it starts to add up."...does your eBiz plan make sense?
December 18th, 2002, 01:35 PM #3
Islam does not celebrate christmas [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]
"Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals" - The Tathagata
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