12 Days of Christmas

The Secret Message Within Twelve Days of Christmas Song

12 Days of Christmas in short for The Twelve Days of Christmas is a very popular Christmas song although many consider it as a 'nonsense song' for children.

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But there are others who said that it's an instructional song written to teach children the different aspects of Christianity. Below are the supposed secret teachings within this Christmas song.

What Each Symbol Means in 12 Day of Christmas

  • my true love: God
  • me: Christian
  • a partridge in a pear tree: Jesus Christ, God's Son (Luke 13:34)
  • two turtle doves: the old and new testaments
  • three french hens: Faith, Hope and Love, the three Theological Virtues (1 Corinthians 13:13)
  • four calling birds: the four gospels
  • five golden rings: the 1st five books of the old testament
  • six geese a-laying: the six days of creation
  • seven swans a-swimming: the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:6-8)
  • Eight maids a-milking: the eight beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10)
  • Nine ladies dancing: the nine fruit of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22)
  • Ten lords a-leaping: the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)
  • Eleven pipers piping: the eleven apostles who remain faithful
  • Twelve drummers drumming: the Apostle's Creed (12 points of doctrines)


Note: The first day of Christmas referred to by 12 Days of Christmas begins on the 25th of December (Christmas Day) and ends on the 6th of January (Epiphany).

Why I Included 12 Days of Christmas Here

Whether The Twelve Days of Christmas is a memory aid for kids, a game or a secret instructional song about the Christian faith, I think it is one of the best Christmas songs I know.

Firstly, the music of The Twelve Days of Christmas is so catchy, fun and easy to learn. Secondly, we can use 12 Days of Christmas to teach the different aspects about the Christian faith to our children.

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Lyrics for:

The Twelve Days of Christmas
(12 Days of Christmas)

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!





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How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant and fitting to praise Him!

~ Psalm 147:1


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