The 12 Days of Christmas and a gift for each day!

Celebrate the charity that the new born Christ Child calls us to this Christmas season by visiting the profiles of random Awestruck members and sending them the gift for each of the 12 days! (here’s how to send a gift to someone)


25 December: The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge which feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, much in memory of the expression of Christ’s sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: “Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered thee under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but thou wouldst not have it so…”

The other symbols mean the following:

26 December: Two (2) Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

27 December: Three (3) French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

28 December: Four (4) Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

29 December: Five (5) Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.

30 December: Six (6) Geese A-laying = the six days of creation

31 December: Seven (7) Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

1 January: Eight (8) Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes

2 January: Nine (9) Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

3 January: Ten (10) Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments

4 January: Eleven (11) Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles

5 January: Twelve (12) Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed


In 1982, Fr. Stockert put this online in 1982. Since then there has been controversy on whether or not the story of the origin is correct. Much of the story makes sense, because there are other “Catechism songs” that have similar hidden meanings, such as “Green Grow the Rushes”. Could some people be disputing the origin because they refuse to acknowledge the persecution of Catholics in England during 1558 to 1829? Perhaps the objection is just to the fact that there is no paper trail to this explanation. Regardless if the origin is accurate or not, as Catholics we can use this song as a catechism, to apply religious meanings to a secular song. (source)

The entire Christmas Cycle is a crescendo of Christ’s manifesting Himself as God and King — to the shepherds, to the Magi, at His Baptism, to Simeon and the prophetess, Anna (Luke 2). The days from the Feast of the Nativity to the Epiphany are known as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” with Christmas itself being the first day, and Twelfthnight — 5 January — being the last of the twelve days. Christmastide liturgically ends on 13 January, the Octave of the Epiphany and the Baptism of Christ (at which time the season of Time After Epiphany begins). But Christmas doesn’t end spiritually — i.e., the celebration of the events of Christ’s life as a child don’t end, and the great Christmas Cycle doesn’t end — until Candlemas on 2 February and the beginning of the Season of Septuagesima. (source)


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4 thoughts on “The 12 Days of Christmas and a gift for each day!

  1. Profile photo of Alexandra OgayeAlexandra Ogaye

    This is awesome ! I loved this song as a child. .tried to write it down rewinding and jotting til cassette got chewed up!+ there was no Google! !and umpteenth years later I get it word for word and better still I get to comprehend why we still say happy Christmas/ merry xmas as a greeting even after the 25th! My first few hours on this site and boom!@admin thanks again it’s 12 days of xmas

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