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The 12 days of Christmas By egyptfreak In the sixteenth century England proclaimed an official state church and any other religious teaching was strictly forbidden So for the next three centuries those who refused to join the official state church developed creative ways to teach children their beliefs One popular method was to use lyrics and song Below you will discover the secret Christian symbols concealed in the familiar carol The Twelve Days of Christmas This cheerful song about a generous benefactor who loved to give could be freely sung without ever using Gods name because my true love refers to God Day 1 - A Partridge in a Pear Tree - The original gift of Christmas is Jesus sent to earth from God For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son The partridge was known as a valiant bird willing to fight to the death in order to defend its young This birds readiness to die for its young made it an ancient symbol of Christ The pear tree represents the cross See John 1014-15 Day 2 - Two Turtledoves - The gift of two turtledoves is a reminder of the sacrifice offered for Jesus by Mary and Joseph See Luke 22224 Day 3 - Three French Hens - French hens were valuable poultry during the sixteenth century - only the rich could afford them These costly birds symbolized the precious gifts of the wisemen gold frankincense and myrrh See Matthew 210-11 Day 4 - Four Calling Birds - The four calling birds are reminders of the four gospel writers Matthew Mark Luke and John See John 2030-31 Day 5 - Five Gold Rings - The most treasured of all gifts the five golden rings represent the first five books of the Old Testament Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy - The Torah See Deuteronomy 341012 Day 6 - Six Geese A-Laying - In many cultures eggs symbolize
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