Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The 12 Days of Christmas Blog Series--Day 11--Eleven Pipers Piping

Merry Christmas!
Picture from, text and overlay by me.
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 Faith P..
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 11th day of Christmas my true love gave to me! Eleven Pipers Piping!
Some of my gifts I have enjoyed, but all at once? It is getting to be quite a chore keeping track of everyone, with 23 birds, a pear tree, five golden rings, 38 people, and a True Love who just gives me weird gifts, I don't know what he could possibly give me next! One moment....
Ahh...I assigned the pipers some music, so they wouldn't have to play eleven different songs. This is quite fun though, for I get to see the dancers, chickens, lords, and maids all dance to the music while doing their dancing, squawking, leaping, and milking. Oh, I just thought of something.... what am I going to do with my gifts!?

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.

We are almost done with this series, and I thank you all for following along. I have enjoyed this series, and I hope you have too. Please, comment and tell me if you liked it, what your favorite part was, and if I should do any more series like this. And if so, what would you like to hear?

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 Eleven Pipers Piping stand for?

According to this Catholic song, Eleven Pipers Piping meant: "The Eleven Faithful Apostles".
(I find this one interesting, because they said 11, not 12. This surprised me, because people normally put twelve apostles on everything, even though Judas betrayed Jesus. But also, some of the other apostles were not faithful sometimes. Look at Peter, he denied Christ: not exactly faithful. Still this is interesting how they excluded Judas, though it makes some sense.)
10. Ten Lords of Leaping meant: "The Ten Commandments".
9. Nine Ladies Dancing: "The Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit."
8. Eight Maids-a-Milking: "The Eight Beatitudes."
7.Seven Swans-a-Swimming: "The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Seven Sacraments".
6. Six Geese of Laying: "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 12th day: THE LAST DAY IS TOMORROW! We are almost through with this series, what do you think?
Merry Christmas!
 This wonderful blog series was begun by Faith at Chosen Vessels. Also, I got my information on this from here.

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha! Makes me laugh every time. :) Thanks for doing this Amy!


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