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20 December 2007

Thursday Thirteen~The Twelve Days DaVinci Code

Thirteen Things you may not have known about the Twelve Days of Christmas

1. From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith. The Twelve Days of Christmas was sorta a secret code song for children studying the catholic catechism

2. The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.

3. Two turtledoves were the Old and New Testaments.

4. Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.

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

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

7. The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.

8. Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

9.The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

10. Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit…Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

11. The ten lords a-leaping were the Ten Commandments.

12. The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

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

On the flip side…a completely adult version of The Twelve Days by the incomparable Matt-Man can be found at here on YouTube. (this one is NOT for the kids)

19 comments:

Matt-Man said...

I actually did know that, and yet some still consider me a Satanic loser. I will say, that while the Beatitudes are nice, Eight Maids a-Milking are far sexier.

Thanks for the shout out and enjoy the robe. Cheers my friend!!

Bond said...

I just received an email with these facts this morning...

You KNOW he feeds off that stuff, do you not?

Lori said...

I had no idea. What great info:) Happy TT and thanks for stopping by. Its always great to see you!

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katherine. said...

Mateo: of course you do...you are a nic Catholic boy.

Bond: I know he does...but I am so e-phn tired of those people giving Christians a bad name...

Lori: nice to you as well...

dmmgomfm: thanks for stopping by...

pussreboots said...

Happy TT.

Travis said...

I didn't know any of that. Thanks for the lesson.

Incidentally, "those" people really only give themselves a bad name. For those of us who are reasonable humans, we accept the individual based on his/her own merits.

Tolerance in all things I say!

Joyous Yule!

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I had no idea about any of this. I've learned so much just visiting other TTers. Oh you are most welcome to the Pledge on my sidebar. I would be honored if you took a copy. Have a great TT. :)

Latharia said...

I had absolutely no idea! Thanks for the enlightenment!

Jeff B said...

You continue to amaze me with the info you bring to this site. Very cool.

Mags said...

Wow...this is amazing. I am Catholic and never knew this!

Marilyn said...

I didn't know this either... and I think Matt-Man likes controversy.

Mel said...

Cool!

*going to look at the link now*

I'm scared...LOL

Oswegan said...

So what sort of code is the Bob and Doug McKenzie version that ends with:

Four pounds of back bacon;
Three french toast;
Two turtlenecks;
And a beer.

Ok, I got my thinking toque on now!
Boy that song is a beauty. it moves me, it ranks up there with stairway to heaven.

~Oswegan

Bond said...

KATHERINE: Thank you for all of your wonderful words this year...meeting you has been a high point for me...

Merry Christmas to you and your entire family...there is no doubt so much love and trust between you all, it comes through in your words so often...

HUGS MY FRIEND

Mimi Lenox said...

I did not know that! Fascinating.

JAM said...

I didn't know that Catholics weren't allowed to practice their faith in England for all that time.

This is a pretty timely post, with Tony Blair just having declared his becoming Catholic there.

Julie said...

This is pretty cool isn't it? Our pastor just shared this with us yesterday! He kinda mumbled a couple of them so I'm glad that you posted this!

Merry Christmas!

Diesel said...

I'm too lazy to look this up, but it sounds suspicious. How are any of these things specifically Catholic (as opposed to Protestant)?