Popular Christmas Carols: 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics


There are some songs that some people finds meanings in and it goes true with this very popular Christmas Carols with the title 12 Days of Christmas. Symbolism is said to be woven into the lyrics of this Christmas song, but whether or not you believe in these symbolism and hidden meanings in the song, it cannot be argued that Twelve Days of Christmas is among the most recognizable and popular Christmas song across the world.

This is the lyrics to 12 Days of Christmas, the final verse:


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.

If you are wondering about the ‘hidden meaning’ of the lyrics of this song, here is one interpretation:

 The Partridge is Jesus

The two turtledoves are said to be the Old and new Testaments.

Three french hens are Faith Hope and Love, as mentioned in the First Corinthian

The Four calling birds are Mathew, Mark, Luke and John.

The five golden rings are the 5 books of law of  the Hebrew Torah

The six geese a laying corresponds to the six days of creation

The seven swans a swimming are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit

The eight maids a milking are the eight beatitudes

The nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

The ten lords a leaping are the Ten Commandments

The eleven pipers piping are the eleven Apostles


Christmas is really about celebrating Jesus Christ, that is why we say “Merry Christmas”.


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