The Twelve Days of Christmas

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We have really enjoyed spending this month preparing for Christmas, and this year we have decided to continue the celebration through the “Twelve Days of Christmas.”  We didn’t know anything about it, other than the hearing the song, so were surprised to find out that it is actually celebrated after Christmas. There are 12 days between Christmas Day and Epiphany, which is January 6th this year. We have learned that through the centuries some Christians have taken this time to celebrate the time leading up to the celebration of the Magi visiting Jesus. We will go into more detail about Epiphany or Three Kings Day in a later post. For today we will talk about how we are going to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas with our children.

It is fun to take a silly song like “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and use it to teach our children about God.  Here are some ways that we can take each number and use it to remind us of something from the Bible.

Each day can remind us of the following:

My True Love represents God and all of the blessings that He has given us (on the rest of the days.)

Day 1: A partridge in a pear tree stands of for Christ who dies on the Cross (a tree) for our sins

John 3:16

Day 2: 2 Turtle Doves stands for the Old and New Testament

Joshua 1:7-9, Deuteronomy 6:5-9, Psalm 119:11

Day 3: 3 French Hens stands for Faith, Hope and Love (or you can say Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh)

1 Corinthians 13:13

Day 4: 4 Calling Birds stands for the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

Matthew 28:18-20, John 20:30-31

Day 5: 5 Golden Rings stands for the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy) Galatians 3:23-25, Luke 24:44-45

Day 6: 6 Geese a-laying stands for the 6 days of Creation

Genesis chapter 1

Day 7: 7 Swans a-swimming stands for the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit (Prophecy, Serving, Teaching, Encouraging, Giving, Leading and Compassion.)

Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-11

Day 8: 8 Maids a-milking stands for the eight Beatitudes (Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake.)

Matthew 5:3-10

Day 9: 9 Ladies dancing stands for the Fruits of the Spirit (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control)

Galations 5:22

Day 10: 10 Lords a-leaping stands for the 10 Commandments (In kids words: No other gods, no idols, don’t misuse the Lord’s name, Keep the Sabbath,  Honor Father and Mother, Do not kill, Keep marriage covenant, Do not steal, Do not lie, Do not want what other have)

Exodus Chapter 20

Day 11: Eleven Pipers piping stands for the eleven faithful Apostles (Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Simon and Thaddaeus)

Mark 3:13-19

Day 12: 12 Drummers drumming stands for the 12 points in the Apostle’ Creed

  • I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
  • And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord,
  • Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary
  • Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell.
  • The third day he rose again from the dead;
  • He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almightly.
  • From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
  • I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  • I believe in the holy Christian church, the communion of saints,
  • The forgiveness of sins,
  • The resurrection of the body,
  • And the life everlasting. Amen


Isn’t it amazing how you can take this song and turn it into the history of our faith and list some of the blessings of following Christ!  So for this year instead of buying big presents for our kids we bought them 12 little presents (books we got at a consignment sale, shirts on clearance, nail polish and a few little toys.) Each day starting December 26th they will open one present from us and then we will talk about that day’s number and what it symbolizes. Our hope is to continue to put the focus on what the season is really about: the birth of our Savior. As we go into this next year we want our children to be focused on the true reason we are here. We are to spread the good news that occurred on that Christmas night. A Savior came to earth to be a man so that we can spend eternity with Him!!


Let this bless your heart and soul!!


This website will give you a little craft that you can do with each day if you want:


This is a fun take on the song that our family enjoys:


We want to hear from you!