The Symbolism of the 12 Days of Christmas

Most people are familiar with the Christmas song, “The 12 Days of Christmas,” even though many folks might have a bit of trouble keeping the lines of the song straight after about the sixth day! This song has been sung for generations, and is a traditional part of the Christmas season. There have even been many versions of the song that have come out, since the structure lends itself well to variation and even humor. But did you ever stop to think what this seemingly nonsensical song really is about?

While there is some disagreement over the actual purpose for “The 12 Days of Christmas” among historians, the theories regarding this fun and lively song are quite intriguing.

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