12 Days of Christmas Meaning

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Used this in a worship service. many asked for it so here you go.

by the way, the COST of all these presents in 2014 dollars would be $26,673 dollars. It would take TRUE LOVE and a THICK WALLET to pay for all of that stuff!

See article below from the Washington Post >http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/12/25/the-real-cost-of-the-twelve-days-of-christmas-27673/
12 Days Explained

1- The Single Partridge in a pear tree was symbolic of Jesus Christ…shelter wings

2- The 2 Turtledoves were symbolic of the Old and New Testaments

3- The 3 French Hens were symbolic of the Greatest 3 virtues- faith, hope, and love

4- The 4 Calling Birds were symbolic of Gospel Writers,- Matthew, Mark, Luke, John

5- The 5 GOLDEN RINGS were the first 5 books of the Bible- Pentateuch
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

6- The 6 Geese A’ Laying are the first 6 days of creation when God made sustainable earth. 12 Days12 Days 3

7- The 7 Swans A’ Swimming signified the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit

1} prophecy, 2) ministry, 3) teaching, 4) exhortation, 5) giving, 6) leading, 7) compassion

8- The 8 Maids A-Milking
are the 8 Beatitudes: 1) Blessed are the poor in spirit, 2) those who mourn, 3) the meek, 4) those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 5) the merciful, 6) the pure in heart, 7) the peacemakers, 8) those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

9-The 9 Ladies dancing are the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit- 1) love, 2) joy, 3) peace, 4) patience, 5) kindness, 6) generosity, 7) faithfulness, 8) gentleness, and 9) self-control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

10- The 10 Lords A-leaping
are the 10 commandments: 1) You shall have no other gods before me; 2) Do not make an idol; 3) Do not take God’s name in vain; 4) Remember the Sabbath Day; 5) Honor your father and mother; 6) Do not murder; 7) Do not commit adultery; 8) Do not steal; 9) Do not bear false witness; 10) Do not covet. (Exodus 20:1-17)

11-The 11 Pipers Piping
are the 11 Faithful Apostles: 1) Simon Peter, 2) Andrew, 3) James, 4) John, 5) Philip, 6) Bartholomew, 7) Matthew, 8) Thomas, 9) James bar Alphaeus, 10) Simon the Zealot, 11) Judas bar James.

12- The 12 Drummers Drumming
are the 12 points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed: 1) I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. 2) I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. 3) He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. 4) He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into[the grave]. 5) On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6) He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7) I believe in the Holy Spirit, 8) the holy only Church, 9) the communion of saints, 10) the forgiveness of sins, 11) the resurrection of the body, 12) and life everlasting.

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