The Twelve Days of Christmas

by Christine Sine

Here is an interesting bit of Christmas trivia that shows how creatively Christians have always managed to ensure that followers of Christ are trained in the tenets of their faith.  The Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas, is not really the nonsense rhyme its seems to be.

According to kirkweb.org, the song was written in England between 1558 and 1829 when it was a crime to be Catholic.  In fact writing anything that indicated adherence to the Catholic faith could get you hanged.  It was devised as a catechism song to help young Catholics learn the principles of their faith.   The “true love” mentioned in the song doesn’t refer to an earthly suitor, it refers to God and the partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.  Read more

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