On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

There is much controversy about this song but I learned this as a child so this is what the song means to ME. I will be explaining what I learned what the 12 days of Christmas meant and still believe this song to be.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.

However, on another level, this should not prevent us from using the song in celebration of Christmas. Many of the symbols of Christianity were not originally religious, including even the present date of Christmas, but were appropriated from contemporary culture by the Christian Faith as vehicles of worship and proclamation. Perhaps, when all is said and done, historical accuracy, as important as that might be on one level, is not really the point.  Perhaps more important is that Christians can celebrate their rich heritage, and God’s grace, through one more avenue during the Advent and Christmas seasons.  Now, when they hear what they once thought was only a secular “nonsense song,”  they will be reminded in one more way of the grace of God working in transforming ways in their lives and in our world.  After all, is that not the meaning of Christmas anyway?

The meaning of the song.

On the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree The “True Love” one hears in the song is not a smitten boy or girlfriend but Jesus Christ, because truly Love was born on Christmas Day. The partridge in the pear tree also represents Him because that bird is willing to sacrifice its life if necessary to protect its young by feigning injury to draw away predators.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rose Red
    Dec 23, 2014 @ 17:10:04

    We studied this when my kids were small and even started having a special cake on 3 Kings Day. Very nice post

    When I was a kid I would day dream about the 12 days of Christmas and all those fascinating gifts. What a houseful of birds I would have had if I got my wish.

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  2. Anita Sahu
    Dec 25, 2014 @ 11:55:51

    Merry Christmas 🎅

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  3. Nato
    Dec 25, 2014 @ 17:18:09

    Very interesting! Now I’m hooked to learn the rest.

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  4. rubyr8
    Dec 25, 2014 @ 19:59:14

    Wow, didn’t know it had such a powerful meaning.
    I loved the song as a kid and still know very little about the meanings of the days, I’ll definitely be following this 🙂

    Reply

  5. Terri Webster Schrandt
    Dec 26, 2014 @ 13:38:34

    Very cool. Will anticipate the next 11 days! 🙂

    Reply

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