There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffles us. ?

There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffles us.

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?

What does that mean?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    According to some Roman Catholics, this carol might also have been used as a memory aid for teaching the Christian faith.

    One 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.

    Four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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

    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, exortation, contribution, leadership, and mercy.

    Eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

    From here on, the order is different from the original song!

    Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

    Ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

    Eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

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

  • Xiomy
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I don't get most Christmas carols! They make no sense.

  • 1 decade ago

    it means you got really crappy christmas presents, you should find a new true love

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