Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Twelve Days of Christmas and My True Love

The Twelve Days of Christmas is more than just a catchy song.  It’s a rhythmic reminder that the Christmas season lasts longer than just one day.  Yes, you read that correctly!  The Christmas season begins on December 25 and goes until the evening of January 6th.  So it's perfectly fine to keep wish people a Merry (insert the correct day here) day of Christmas right up to the Feast of the Epiphany.

Some sources say this popular song was originally written to help young people learn the catechism at a time when it was prohibited to practice Catholicism in England, either publicly or privately.  The punishments for adhering to the faith of the Church ranged from imprisonment to torture and/or death.  Naturally, those determined to preserve the sacred had to be more subversive and creative in passing on the teachings of Christ.  

Whether or not that was the initial intent for the song or just a myth developed over time, the current rendition and interpretation does include elements of good catechesis.  As you probably already guessed, the “True Love” who does the giving is God.  We as in all of God's children are the "me" who are given all of these riches of the faith.   

Here’s a simple summary from CathFamily to help you remember the song and what it can stand for from a Christian perspective: 

   Along with an explanation of each gift, this article includes ways to celebrate each of the twelve days of Christmas with family or friends.  All of the suggestions are practical, fun and don't require spending any money or acquiring any livestock.      

In case you have forgotten the lyrics (and because I like a good laugh), here's a hilarious skit version of the classic carol:

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