Twelve Days of Christmas Teach Fundamentals


The 12 Days of Christmas A Guide to an Old Tradition with a New Purpose begins December 26 and focuses on the basics of the faith.

At one time, the 12 Days of Christmas was developed when the church was being persecuted and  parents needed a “back-door/under cover way” to teach the basics of the faith to their children.  Each day of the 12 Days is tied to basics of the Christian faith:

  • Day one: A Partridge in a Pear Tree represents Jesus dying on the cross to save us from our sins
  • Day two: Two turtle doves represents The Old and New Testaments
  • Day three:  Three French Hens represents the three virtues of faith, hope, and love
  • Day four: Four calling birds represents the four gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John,
  • Day five: Five golden rings represents:  The Torah, which are the Books of Moses, the law.
  • Day six: Six geese-a-laying represents New life, and the six days of creation.
  • Day seven: Seven swans -a-swimming represents the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Day eight:  Eight maids-a-milking represents the eight Beattitudes
  • Day nine: Nine ladies dancing represents the fruit of the Spirit
  • Day ten:   Ten lords-a-leaping represents the Ten Commandments
  • Day eleven:  Eleven pipers piping represents the 11 faithful disciples
  • Day twelve: Twelve drummers drumming represents 12 tenants of our faith found in The Apostle’s Creed

After Christmas you may want to teach your children the tenants of the faith through wonderful stories, meaningful activities, and reinforce the fundamentals of the faith for both you and your entire family.

The book referenced above has developed an associated scripture reading (or memory verses), a story, suggested discussion questions, points to ponder, a suggested prayer, coloring pages, games, recipes,  and of course a possible field trip activity for each of the 12 days, but you could make up your own,

Advance planning might be nice, but a resourceful mom can make up her own activities as she goes with the help of the internet to fill up the time between now and January 6.

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