"Why Twelve Days? (Is there a...) A Secret Message In The Song?*
Some Christians attach certain symbolism to specific gifts mentioned in the verses of the song The Twelve Days Of Christmas.
For example, for them the meaning of the partridge in the pear tree is God or Jesus.
The two turtledoves equate with the two books of the Bible - the Old Testament and the New Testament.
The three French hens correlate to the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
The four calling birds are the names of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).
The five gold rings represent the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible).
Six geese-a-laying are the six days in which God made Creation.
Seven swans are the seven sacraments or seven gifts bestowed by the Holy Spirit.
Eight maids equate with the eight Beatitudes of which Jesus spoke.
Nine ladies are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Ten lords-a-leaping are the Ten Commandments that God gave to Moses.
Eleven pipers piping represent the eleven Apostles, and the
Twelve drummers drumming are seen as the twelve doctrines found in the Apostle's Creed.
No one can know for sure if the writer(s) of this song meant for these analogies - it's just a theory, what do you think?"
*Meera Lester, from her fascinating new book, "Why Does Santa Wear Red? ... and 100 Other Christmas Curiosities Unwrapped."