I was going to look into the Christmas tree and wreath first, but then I ran into a possible reality about the song “12 Days of Christmas” and I really wanted to find out if it was true.
Well here’s what I found…..
It is said that the traditional Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was written as a secret teaching tool to instruct children in the meaning of the Christian faith. From 1558 to 1829 Roman Catholics in England were, apparently, forbidden from openly practicing their religion. So, this carol was devised to get the message across without upsetting the Protestants. Here is the broken code, thanks to this contribution from Guyneitha.
Isn’t that awesome!!!
interesting find :
A ha! The song has taken me into a bit of a different history lesson. I did not plan to take this route, but I’m glad it went there because I did use to wonder what was up with the actual 12 days of Christmas? Did they actually exist? Apparently they do!
The origin and counting of the Twelve Days is complicated, and is related to differences in calendars, church traditions, and ways to observe this holy day in various cultures. In the Western church, Epiphany is usually celebrated as the time the Wise Men or Magi arrived to present gifts to the young Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12). In some cultures, especially Hispanic and Latin American culture, January 6th is observed as Three Kings Day, or simply the Day of the Kings (Spain: la Fiesta de Reyes, el Dia de los Tres Reyes, or el Dia de los Reyes Magos; Dutch:Driekoningendag). Even though December 25th is celebrated as Christmas in these cultures, January 6th is often the day for giving gifts. In some places it is traditional to give Christmas gifts for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Since Eastern Orthodox traditions use a different religious calendar, they celebrate Christmas on January 7th and observe Epiphany or Theophany on January 19th.
I like the sound of this! We can celebrate Christmas a little longer :D
Now, back to the song.
Most of what I found says there’s no actual data to back up this claim, but it is a nice thought. he he…
It also claims that the songs been changed over the years. Where we have four calling birds it was originally four Colly or Collie birds, which are blackbirds and the fifth gift was five ring-necked birds instead of jewelry. We’d have a lot of birds by this day! ha ha
The song first appeared in a children’s book titled “Mirth without mischief.” It was first seen as a memory game. The first person would say a verse and then another would have to repeat it then add one of their own. Who ever messed up in some way had to give a kiss or some time of present. This became a very popular game at Twelfth Night parties.
Here’s something they say it may have gotten mixed up with. It’s a song called “A New Dial” which dates to at least 1625 and assigns religious meanings to each day of the 12 days of Christmas.
Yupp! There’s actually a lot of information about this out there as well.
Everything I find says it could go either way because there’s not sound proof for it being true or false. Just there most likely guess of it being false. Especially because of how far back they can trace it and all the different meanings I found behind the gifts. That’s kinda getting depressing! (Not really) I keep finding out cool things that will once again put Jesus where He belongs. Right smack in the middle of all our Christmas celebrating, but so far none of this stuff is adding up.
Oh well! It’s still ALL about Him and he is in EVERYTHING!!!!
This will still make for a good thought to share with others.
Oh the possibilities of wat we do not know!
I left you guys some notes in my comments.