Good morning all, and welcome to day eight! Eek, this is slipping by so quickly! ^_^
For my post today, I'll be sharing the story behind a well known Christmas song...actually, the Christmas song that has inspired many '12 Days of Christmas' events including this one.
From 1558 to 1829, the Roman Catholics were not allowed to practice their religion freely. They came up with a "code" so they could sing of their beliefs without persecution. Below is the song and "code" of each part. :)
Twelve drummers drumming... Twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed
Eleven pipers piping... Eleven faithful disciples
Ten lords a leaping... Ten Commandments
Nine ladies dancing... Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Eight maids a milking... Eight beatitudes – Matthew 5:1-10
Seven swans a swimming... Seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.
Six geese a laying... Six days of creation
Five golden rings... Torah (Law), the first five books of the Old Testament
Four calling birds... The four Gospels
Three French hens... Faith, hope, and love
Two turtle doves... The Old and New Testaments
And a partridge in a pear tree... Jesus
Had you heard this before? Did you find it enjoyable? Last year, Amy did individual posts on each of the aforementioned codes. You can find those here.
Other stops in the linkup...
We're going Christmas caroling tonight!! :D How are y'all's Christmas preparations coming?