The 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Pages and History

Dec 20, 2013 No Comments by

Free Coloring Book! 12 Pages of the 12 days of Christmas!

A direct link to our Coloring Book pages. HERE

To print the images, click on one. When the image opens, right click, select “Save As” and save under a simple name. Then simply open, print and color!

A popular Christmas song known by many, though some may not remember all the words, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was first believed to have been published in 1780. Many sing the song of strange gifts given by a “true love” without ever realizing the song’s history or meaning. Here’s the song’s interesting, and surprisingly religious, history:

The twelve days of Christmas begin on Christmas Day, December 25, and end on January 5, just before the Epiphany. Some believe the song was created during the 16th century religious wars in England. During this time, practicing certain faiths was prohibited, so the song was created to pass the beliefs on to children without prosecution.

Because of this belief, it is thought that the “true love” in the song refers to God, the “me” in the song refers to Christians, and the “days” represent each of the aspects of the Christian Faith. Below is the lyrics for each of the days, along with the religious meaning and a fun coloring page to print!

“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
A Partridge in a Pear Tree!”
The partridge in a pear tree is said to represent Jesus Christ, Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25.

“On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
 Two Turtle Doves…”
The Turtle Doves are believed to refer to the Old and New Testaments.

“On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Three French Hens…”
The French Hens are believed to stand for the three Theological Virtues; Faith, Hope and Love.

“On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Four Calling Birds…”

The Calling Birds are thought to represent the Four Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

“On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Five Golden Rings…”

The Five Golden Rings are believed to be the first five books of the Old Testament; Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

“On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Six Geese A-laying…”
The six Geese A-laying were thought to mean the six days of creation.

“On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Seven Swans A-swimming…”
The seven Swans A-swimming are believed to represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; Prophecy, Ministry, Teaching, Exhortation, Giving, Leading and Compassion.

“On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
 Eight Maids A-milking…”
The eight Maids A-milking are thought to represent 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.

“On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Nine Ladies Dancing…”
The nine Ladies Dancing are thought to be the nine Fruit of the Holy Spirit; Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control.

“On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Ten Lords A-leaping…”
The ten Lords A-leaping are believed to be the ten commandments; You shall have no other gods before me, Do not make an idol, Do not take God’s name in vain, Remember the Sabbath Day, Honor your father and mother, Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, and Do not covet.

“On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Eleven Pipers Piping…”
The eleven Pipers Piping are believed to stand for the eleven Faithful Apostles; Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James.

“On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me,
Twelve Drummers Drumming…”
The twelve Drummers Drumming are thought to represent the twelve points in the Apostle’s Creed; 1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth; 2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; 3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary; 4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; 5. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. 6. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. 7. I believe in the Holy Spirit; 8. the holy catholic Church; 9. the communion of saints; 10. the forgiveness of sins; 11. the resurrection of the body; 12. and life everlasting.

Arts & Entertainment

About the author

Jacklynn has been a resident in Londonderry since the age of 5. She grew up in a quiet neighborhood and went through the great school system. She has fond memories of bike riding through town in the spring and summer, sledding in the winter, and apple and pumpkin picking in the fall. She now has children of her own and looks forward to raising them in the same town she enjoyed so much as a youth.
No Responses to “The 12 Days of Christmas Coloring Pages and History”

Leave a Reply