Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas!!!


Partridge in a Pear Tree

Did you know this?

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas? Today, I found out.

From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember. - The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.

-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.

-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.

-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas pass it on if you wish."

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas Everyone.....


Farmer Blu's Wife said...

I have never heard that before. Very interesting. I pray that you and yours have a very blessed and healthy Christmas!!!

Jana said...

Happy New Year to you and Jerrell and Mrs. B and the puppy - health and prosperity to you all

Anonymous said...

That's so interesting! Thanks for posting that!

Merry Christmas, Claudia!

Livey said...

merry christmas my friend! love ya!

k said...

Yes! I never heard that either! That was good.

Merry Christmas to you, moobear! Merry Merry Merry Christmas!

Happymama said...

Hey MooBear! Hope you had a very merry Christmas! Love your snowy window graphic. Very pretty, indeed.


Jan said... sorry to hear that things have not been going well for you. My prayer for you is that things will be better for you in the coming new year. Just hang in there, and know that there are lots of people who love you, and sending prayers and good thoughts your way. TN said...

Hi Claudia, My blogging is kinda in a slump now. I even missed wishing you a Merry Christmas. I thought of you and wondered how you were, but that is as far as I got. But here's wishing you and all a ver Happy New Year. Hope you are well.

k said...

Miss Claudia, I sure hope this New Year is better for you, too. I was so sorry to hear your Christmas was a painful one. That happens sometimes and it can be heartbreaking.

My own heart goes out to you.

Rest, if you can. Rest and regroup. Know that we have your back. Don't ever hesitate to let us know when things aren't going well. That's not complaining, that's just being honest about your life.

You have done so much to help cheer up others. There's no reason in the world why we can't be there for you.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

k said...


And I hope it's a much better one for you and for yours.