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Just as stained glass windows in our churches

teach us about the Faith,

so do the traditions of our beautiful culture.

There is not better example than the

12 Days of Christmas.

The Twelve Days of Christmas from Catholic Online

Read more about the origin of this traditional song at

1 Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus Christ, Son of God

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments

3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues

4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists

5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch",

which gives the history of man's fall from grace.

6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation

7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments

8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes

9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit

10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments

11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles

12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

Celebrate all 12 Days of Christmas!

The Three Kings traveled far at great cost;

certainly we can we accompany the Holy Family

in celebration until the Epiphany.

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