Happy Second Day of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 27.
Get yourself a great glass of wine, and let’s celebrate the history of why the 12 days of Christmas exist.
From A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals by Ann Ball, with the original source coming from Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP, Nebraska:
From the Catholic News Agency site:
Partridge in the pear tree = Jesus, because doves are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their young.
Two turtle doves = Old and New Testaments
Three French hens = faith, hope, and love.
Four calling birds = four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
Five golden rings = first five books of the Old Testament.
Six geese a-laying stood = six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming = seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Eight maids a-milking = eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing = nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Ten lords a-leaping = Ten Commandments.
Eleven pipers piping = eleven faithful Apostles.
Twelve drummers drumming = twelve points of belief in The Apostles’ Creed.