Have you ever wondered, as you're singing the words to some of our Christmas hymns where they came from? No Christmas song represents the "What on earth does that mean?" better to me than the song "Partridge in a Pear Tree". It seems so non-sensical to me. When I was younger I used to think it meant a very rich man was giving his girlfriend some pretty elaborate gifts in order to win her hand. But last year I looked it up and found some pretty interesting stuff.
One of the thoughts out there is that it is actually a song that was used during 16th century wars as a sort of "secret" way of teaching the basic Christian truths to the children without being found out. The "true love" was representative of God and the "me" was the believing Christian. Some have tried to say that this really wasn't the origin of the song. There is no solid evidence either way, but for the sake of interest I thought I'd put it up because it was so interesting. You decide.
The 12 days of Christmas in not the 12 days before Christmas but actually the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany (January 6th) which traditionally says is when the Wise Men arrived.
On the 1st Day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
The Partridge is Jesus who died on a tree and was the one perfect gift.
On the 2nd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 2 Turtle Doves
Two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testament
On the 3rd Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 3 French Hens
Three French Hens represent the Christian virtues of Faith, Hope & Love
On the 4th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me 4 Calling Birds
Four Calling Birds represent the four Gospels
On the 5th day of Christmas my true love gave to me 5 Golden Rings
Five Golden Rings represent the First Five Books of the Old Testament known as the Pentateuch
On the 6th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 6 Geese A Laying
Six Geese represents the Six Days of Creation
On the 7th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven Swans-a-Swimming
Seven Swans represent the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
On the 8th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 8 Maids-a-Milking
Eight Maids represent the Eight Beatitudes
On the 9th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 9 Ladies Dancing
On the 10th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 10 Lords-a-Leaping
On the 11th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 11 Pipers Piping
Eleven Pipers is representative of the Eleven Faithful Apostles
On the 12th Day of Christmas my true love gave to me 12 Drummers Drumming
Twelve Drummers represent the Twelve Points of the Apostle's Creed
So now wasn't that interesting? And even if it is just rumor how it all started, what a cool way to teach your children basics of the Christian Faith.
For more detailed information one of my sources was here.
My pictures are actually tree oranaments which can be purchased here. When my children ever go out on their own and take all their ornaments with them, I always wanted to have a "Partridge in a Pear Tree" themed Christmas tree. So I guess I better go add up how much all that'll cost. Me thinks I better start saving my shekels now.