As if it isn't bad enough that the religious people try to claim Christmas, but they have been sneakily getting us non-religious folk to sing songs about their religion. Grrr...why i outta...
Apparently, between the years 1558 and 1829, being a Roman Catholic in England was frowned upon so the sneaky little Pope lovers wrote a song and cleverly disguised it as a Christmas Carol about birds and drummers and milk-maids so they could sing it with a nudge and a wink at the hidden meaning.
While we think that the Twelve Days of Christmas is about some lovestruck gentleman inundating his betroved with more and presents in the build up to Christmas, what he is giving is Catholic tinged Christanity instead.
We don't know if she would have preferred five real gold rings or a couple of trutle doves rather than a bunch of Catholic gifts but this nis what she ended up with cluttering up her home.
The 12 drummers are the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed, 11 apostles, 10 commandments, 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit, 8 beatitudes, 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, 6 days of creation, 5 books of the Old Testament, 4 gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, 3 gifts of faith, hope and love, 2 Old and New Testament and 1 Jesus himself.
I guess Jesus would want his own room but the 11 apostles would have to share but you can't help thinking that the woman must have thought to herself: 'Why can't he just get me perfume like normal boyfriends'.