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.