Thursday, December 24, 2015

The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Series--Day 7--Seven Swans-a-Swimming

Merry Christmas Eve! Faith P..
I have started these posts to tell you about the hidden meanings behind the verses of the song The Twelve Day of Christmas. This blog series was started by my friend
I am doing it a little bit different than the other girls participating in it, but I am having fun with it. I am also sorry that I don't changed up these posts much, I haven't had time. But I hope you enjoy it; here we go!

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me! Seven Swans a Swimming!
CUT CUT CUT!
Oh boy. He's got to stop giving me birds! (groan) Now I have 23! Yep! My backyard is seriously squawking with excitement; and I locked myself in the house with a cup of hot chocolate, while admiring my five rings and watching an old Christmas movie. I am trying to block out the Calling Birds! When will these bird gifts stop! What was the point of birds anyway?

Well, according to information I found on this song, (noted later) it was written to help young Catholics, who were not supposed to be young Catholics. This song, though not making any sense while read by the "enemy", helped the young Catholics to learn their "tenets of faith".
From 1558-1829 Catholics were illegal in England. The Parliament had agreed to kill any participant active in the catholic faith. Therefore, anybody violating that law would be put to death. That is a little fast history I learned about the 12 Days Of Christmas song.

Traditionally, I would have started these posts 12 days before Christmas, right? Well not this time. I started 8 days before Christmas, and I shall overlap over Christmas. I also skipped a day earlier too. So that will put our schedule a day behind, but please keep reading.

Now what did all these verses stand for? This is what we will discover.

The greatest symbol: the, "my true love", mentioned in the song, stood for God.
And for today's gift, what did Seven Swans a Swimming stand for?

According to this Catholic song, Seven Swans-a-Swimming stands for: "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Seven Sacraments."
6. Six Geese of Laying stood for: "The Six Days of Creation."
5. Five Golden Rings: "The First Five Books of the Old Testament, the 'Pentateuch'."
4. Four Calling Birds: "The Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists."
3. Three French Hens: "Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues."
2. Two Turtle Doves: "The New and Old Testament."
1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree: "Jesus, the Son of God."

 Confused? Check out this link to learn a little more, this was my info source. And just to let all my readers know, I am not Catholic. I also give the credit for the descriptions of the meanings to this site. I did not make them up, and didn't reword them to much. It came from this page.

That's all for today!
Tune in for the 8th day.
Merry Christmas!
 This wonderful blog series was begun by Faith at Chosen Vessels. Also, I got my information on this from here. This video below is my favorite version. It is not the original song, but a twist of it. It has a whole bunch of Christmas songs all in one.

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