In the traditional 12 days of Christmas song, which we all learned many, many years ago, each number stands for a symbol relating to Christ.
I thought I'd share what we're all singing about!In the song, the true love refers to God, me refers to the baptized, and the partridge in the pear tree is Jesus.
Here are what the other symbols mean:
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed
Happy Singing and Merry Christmas Eve!