Two songs for the season

The “partridge in a pear tree” is Jesus Christ

The “two turtle doves” are the Old and New Testaments

The “three French hens” are the three virtues, faith, hope, and love

The “four calling birds” are the four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Five golden rings” are the first five books of the Bible, or the Pentateuch

“Six geese a-laying” refer to the six days of the Creation

Seven swans a-swimming” are the seven sacraments

“Eight maids a-milking” are the eight Beatitudes

“Nine ladies dancing” are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit

“Ten lords a’ leaping” are the Ten Commandments

“Eleven pipers piping” are the eleven faithful Apostles

“Twelve drummers drumming” are the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
From now on all our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yuletide gay
From now on all our troubles will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Through the years we all will be together
If the fates allow
Hang a shining star from the highest bow
And have yourself a merry little Christmas right now

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