This begins on Christmas Day and will last until the Feast of the Epiphany or January 6. These twelve days of Christmas are also known historically as Christmastide or twelvetide.
Over the centuries different churches and sects have celebrated these twelve days in varying ways. Some groups offer small gifts on each day throughout and other groups only exchange gifts on Christmas Day or on the twelfth day.
The origins of this carol is unknown but it is though to have evolved out of a memories and forfeits game published in England around 1780. This game requires a leader who chants a verse and then each other player adds a verse to that one. Each subsequent player has to try and remember all of the recent contrived verses until he or she makes a mistake. Then they must pay with a kiss or a sweet of some kind.
At any rate, knowing the origins of the Twelve Days of Christmas helps you to understand why there are so many short verses within the song.
Twelve Days of Christmas Easy Piano Sheet Music
The Twelve Days of Christmas for piano was written here as an easy and shortened version. You may repeat the measure located between the two repeats signs as many times as needed.
Meaning of the Words Twelve Days of Christmas
Some of the interpretations of where the exact words come from in the Bible are:
- A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
- Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
- Three French hens: The three kings bearing gifts
- Four calling [sic] birds: The four Gospels
- Five gold rings: The Torah or Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament
- Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
- Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
- Eight maids a-milking: The eight Beatitudes
- Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
- Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
- Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful Apostles
- Twelve drummers drumming: The twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed