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12 Days of Christmas Lyrics

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12 Days Of Christmas Lyrics

On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the seventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!

 

The 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics start with Christmas Day and finish with the eve of Epiphany on 5th January. The Twelve Days of Christmas dates back to English origins in the sixteenth century (although the music is reputed to be French). The first publication date for The 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics was 1780. Each of the 12 Days of Christmas has a religious significance and is symbolized following the 12 Days of Christmas lyrics.

Religious symbolism of the 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics:

1. “True Love” refers to “God”.
2. “Turtledoves” refers to the Old and New Testaments
3. “French Hens” refers to Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues.
4. “Calling Birds” refers to the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists.
5. “Golden Rings” refers to the first Five Books of the Old Testament.
6. “Geese A-laying” refers to the six days of creation.
7. “Swans A-swimming” refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (the seven sacraments).
8. “Maids A-milking” refers to the eight beatitudes.
9. “Ladies Dancing” refers to the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
10. “Lords A-leaping” refers to the ten commandments.
11. “Pipers Piping” refers to the eleven faithful apostles.
12. “Drummers Drumming” refers to the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed.

 

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