What has been proposed as the hidden purpose of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"?
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A. A description of the traditional way of celebrating Christmas by French royalty in the 18th Century B. A list of suggested clay or paper gifts a suitor should present to his potential wife, dependent on the day of Christmas, at the Fira de Santa Llucia (a Christmas Fair held since 1786 in Barcelona) C. It is believed to be the list of gifts that King George II presented to his wife-to-be, Caroline of Ansbach in the 12 days of courting leading up to his marriage proposal D. A memory aid to help young children learn the important tenets of the Christian faith
The correct answer to this question is D. Every line in the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" refers to a Christian belief. A partridge in a pear tree refers to Jesus. The two turtle doves refer to the old and new testaments. The three French hens refer to the three kings bearing gifts.
The four calling birds refer to the four gospels. The five gold rings refer to the first five books of the old testament. The six geese refer to the six days of creation. The seven swans refer to seven gifts of God. The eight maids refer to the eight blessings recounted by Jesus.
The nine ladies refer to the nine fruits of God. The ten lords refer to the ten commandments. The eleven pipers refer to the eleven faithful apostles. The twelve drummers refer to the twelve points of the apostles creed.
A memory aid to help young children learn the important tenets of the christian faith-a partridge in a pear tree - jesustwo turtle doves - the old and new testamentsthree french hens - the three kings bearing giftsfour calling birds - the four gospelsfive gold rings - the torah or pentateuch (the first five books of the old testament)six geese a-laying - the six days of creationseven swans a-swimming - seven gifts of the holy spiriteight maids a-milking - the eight beatitudesnine ladies dancing - nine fruits of the holy spiritten lords a-leaping - the ten commandmentseleven pipers piping - the eleven faithful apostlestwelve drummers drumming - the twelve points of the apostles creed