The first of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” ever


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What was the first of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”?

The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of the most beloved Christmas carols that is sung throughout the Christmas holidays and has become so popular is even acted out in many plays. However, this carol, which was actually developed centuries ago, has become hugely misunderstood today and while we may think we’re actually singing a silly song about the days leading up to Christmas and all the presents that are received in the meanwhile, it’s actually a carol with very Biblical ties.

The twelve days of Christmas that are referred to in the traditional song are not actually the twelve days that precede Christmas but the twelve days between Christmas and the Epiphany, which is January 6. So the first day of Christmas is actually December 26. The Epiphany, according to some religions, is the time when the wise men came to deliver their gifts to Baby Jesus and so, this is how the idea of presents became incorporated into the seemingly silly carol.

It was then taught throughout England that the song was important for many reasons. The ‘true love’ that is sung about in the song is actually not any sort of romantic relationship but rather refers to God himself. The ‘me’ in the song is any Christian that has been baptized under the faith and the days each represented something that was important to the Christian faith.

In the first verse, “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….a partridge in a pear tree.” The partridge in a pear tree is symbolic of Jesus Christ, who is thought in the Christian faith to be born on Christmas Day, December 25. Therefore, on the first day of Christmas, he is presented as a gift to those who are baptized, meaning that he is theirs and they are his forever. In the New Testament, Christ becomes very saddened over the fall of Jerusalem and this is why in the song He is depicted as a mother partridge that is trying to protect her young.



The first of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” ever

The first of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” ever

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