McDowell Technical Community College

Berry Chapel Baptist Church

The Twelve Days of Christmas

By Pastor Steve Williams

Mitchell County

Howdy Folks,

What has happened this year.  Here it is Christmas upon us again. It won’t be long till the Malls are full of shoppers looking for the right gift for their loved ones. There will be Christmas music being played at Churches, Businesses, and on the Radio. I love to hear Christmas music in the air, it excites me very much. I guess we have all heard the familiar Christmas Song, ‘The Twelve Days Of Christmas”. I never thought of it being a Christian Song but the other Day I ran across this interesting article about the Twelve days of Christmas.

The twelve days of Christmas refer to the period of time between Christmas Day, the 25th day of December, which celebrates the birth of Jesus, to the 6th of January, the day of the Epiphany, when the wise men came to honor the Lord Jesus Christ at Bethlehem.

It has been said that the song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” dates back to the 16th century when Christians were not allowed to practice Christianity in England. The song was written to help the young believers learn the truths of their faith.

The phrase, “My true love,” refers to God who loves us; “me” every believer, and the “partridge in a pear tree” to the Lord who wept over Jerusalem, saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathered her chicks under her wing, and ye would not” Matthew 23:37.

The other symbols mean; 2 turtle doves- the “Old and New Testaments; 3 French hens- “faith, Hope and charity,” 4 calling birds-the four gospels; 5 golden rings, the first five books of the Old Testament ( The Book of laws), 6 geese a laying- the 6 days of creations; 7 swans a swimming- the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church; the 8 maids a milking- the 8 Beatitudes; 9 ladies dancing- the 9 fruits of the spirit; 10 lords a leaping- the 10 commandments; 11 pipers piping- 11 faithful apostles; 12 drummers drumming- the 12 points of the Apostle’s Creed.

So now when you hear “The Twelve Days of Christmas” try to see how of the 12 you can remember what they stand for. I would also like to challenge you to remember that the greatest gift that anyone will ever receive in their life is the gift of Salvation. Please take time and thank God for his Son Jesus Christ and for His great love for all mankind. I pray that all of you have a very Merry Christmas this year.


Pastor Steve Williams

Professing and Practicing:

  • It’s not what we eat but what we digest that makes us strong.
  • It’s not what we gain but what we give that makes us rich.
  • It’s not what we read but what we remember that makes us educated.
  • It’s not what we hear but what we heed that makes us Christians.


Words of Wisdom:

  • You may give without loving but you can’t love without giving.
  • Old age is something that everyone else reaches before we do.
  • It a greater thing to obey the Bible than to preach it.
  • The straight and narrow path wouldn’t be so narrow if more people would walk it.
  • The way you spend Christmas is more important than how much you spend.
  • To be active is one thing but to be effective is another thing.


Help From God A little Humor: A Little Boy came screaming out of the bathroom, “I dropped my toothbrush in the toilet!” “Trash it” said the mother, who kept brushing her teeth. “I’m sorry,” he said, “I didn’t trash yours when I dropped it in the toilet last night.” Every parent needs a lot of help from God, and a little humor helps, too.