Celebrating one of the most famous Christmas songs of all time, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” Carolers each represent one of the gifts the singer receives from their “true love” in this traditional carol. First published in 1780, The Twelve Days of Christmas was originally sung by English school children during the time between Christmas Day and the beginning of the season of Epiphany. They would often sing this song as a game where anyone who failed to sing the correct words had to share their sweets with all the others. Because all the previous lines are repeated after each new one, the game grows harder and harder the longer you play!
12 Days of Christmas: 7 Swans A-Swimming
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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: seven swans a-swimming…. The Seven Swans-A-Swimming are thought to represent the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The "true love" in the song refers to God Himself. And the "me" receiving the gifts is every Christian.