Keep Christ in the center of your Christmas festivities with a beautiful Christian meditation written (and sung) for this time of year. Did you know that the popular Christmas carol, the 12 Days of Christmas, is a message to Christians that tells us about Christ's wonderful Good News to the world?
The 12 days are the days between Christmas Day and Epiphany (January 6th) when it is said the three Wise Men arrived at the nativity. These 12 days can be said to represent the 12 months of the year, and the message of the Church that Christ is with us always.
According to the Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, the famous song about the 12 Days of Christmas was written in England as a catechism song for young Catholics in the days when it was illegal to practice or teach the Catholic faith. It contains hidden meanings intended to help children remember their lessons of faith. Instead of referring to an earthly suitor, the "true love" mentioned in the song really refers to God. The "me" who receives the presents is symbolic of every baptised person.
The partridge in a pear tree is how Jesus is described in the song - like a mother partridge offering her chicks protection from danger under her wings. The other 11 days are related to the Christian message in this way:
A lovely song known by many people, that can serve as a prompt for meditative prayer at Christmas, and a wonderful way to keep Christ right in the center of busy lives at this time of year. I know when this song is in my mind, thoughts of the love of God are in my heart too.
As a meditation, the meaning of this song can be used at any time of year. I have been making Christmas Chaplets this week for this song, so that the meaning of the 12 Days in the song can be used as meditative prayers with a little rosary. You can see them in the Christmas Collection in my shop, along with other Christmas devotional prayer beads (and some Christmas earrings!).