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Twelve Days of Christmas

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Transcript of Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas
Lyrics
Historical Background
When Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Argon and married Anne Boleyn, he denounced the Catholic religion and created the Church of England. He also replaced and beheaded the Pope and banned the Catholic religion. If one was caught teaching or practicing Catholicism, they would imprisoned or even executed.

This song was originally written as a carol sung by English Roman Catholics. Its purpose was to teach young Catholics about their religion without the threat of being caught. Each verse has a hidden meaning that refers to majors points of Catholicism.

It was very popular among Catholics because it kept their faith going. Although it was not as popular among non-Catholics, they still sang this song , unaware of the true meaning.

The author of this song is unknown, but it was created by English Jesuit(s) in the 16th century.
Current Use and Context
The “Twelve Days of Christmas” in known in almost every household that celebrates Christmas. It is played on the radio and it has been remade into songs such as the “Twelve Pains of Christmas” which gives the original song a sarcastic twist. It is very catchy and repetitive so when people hear it they tend to sing along.

Each gift represents something in the Catholic religion. They created this “catechism” to subtly make their point and so the children could easily remember the song. It was also easier for the children to understand. Today this song is still considered a “catechism” because the meaning is still very subtle and it is easy to remember.

The current audience is mainly people who enjoy a very catchy song along with people who generally celebrate Christmas. It is played on the radio and on Christmas CD's in cars, homes, and even stores for people to listen to.
Rhetorical Overview
Media Analysis
Rhetorical Analysis
By: Rachel Harris, Courtney Swanson, Emily Fredette, and Sophia Szydlowksi
On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree
On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the third day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the sixth day of Christmas,
My true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the seventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the eight day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the ninth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the tenth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree
On the Twelfth day of Christmas,
My true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves
and a partridge in a pear tree
What are the hidden meanings?
Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus
Two Turtle Doves =
The Old
and New Testaments
Three French Hens =
Faith, Hope, and Love
Four Calling Birds =
Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John
Five Golden Rings =
The 5 Books of the Old Testament
Six Geese A-laying = 6 Days of Creation
Seven Swans A-swimming =
The 4 Gospels-
Ten Lords A-leaping = 10 Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping = 11 Faithful Disciples
Nine Ladies Dancing =
9 Fruits of Holy Spirit-
Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness
Goodness, Faithfulness,
Gentleness, and Self-Control
7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit-
Prophesy, Serving, Teaching
Exhortation, Contribution,
Leadership, and Mercy
Eight Maids A-milking = 8 Beatitudes
(Blessings)
Twelve Drummers Drumming =
12 points of belief in Apostles Creed and the 12 days between Jesus' Birthday (December 25th) and Epiphany (January 6)
The lyrics and pictures in this video work together to visualize each verse. The karaoke lyrics allows the viewer to sing along.
Because of the repetition of lyrics and pictures, the viewer can memorize the lyrics by the end of the song.
The major rhetorical and stylistic elements in this song are:
"On the fifth day of Christmas,
my true love gave to me
Five golden rings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree"
Anaphora
Epistrophe
Repetition
Enumeration
With these elements the song is easy to remember and would be very easy to teach in the 16th century to children.

This song appeals to logos in the way they have ordered the song according to their symbols.
Allusion
Overview
Twelve days of Christmas is a classic Christmas song. We chose the song because of its popularity. Twelve Days of Christmas is popular because of the repetition, enumeration, and alliteration. These components cause people to sing along. Once we researched the meaning and history of the song, we became even more interested in the classic holiday song. The song used to be a secret song sung to Catholic children in Europe during a time when Catholics were persecuted against be the Protestants. Each of the twelve days stands for a different religious element in the Catholic religion. Once used as a secret song for Catholics, Twelve Days of Christmas is now a classic Christmas song. In this lesson, we hope to teach everyone the true meaning behind the song. We hope everyone will learn the symbolism of the song and the historical beginnings of this holiday classic.

We chose to present our project using a Prezi. Prezi offers a visual presentation the audience will be interested. We incorporated Christmas and Twelve Days of Christmas themes images into our presentation. The Prezi allows us to transition smoothly between points and sections. The Twelve Days of Christmas evokes images of the items in each of the days, our presentation included many images that allow the audience to visualize each verse.

We put time into creating a template and smooth transitions into our Prezi. In addition to individual slides, when zoomed out, our presentation also makes a Christmas themed image. We know how to construct a Prezi and we used our knowledge to construct one showcasing Twelve Days of Christmas.
Summary
After doing this project we learned that there was an interesting story behind this popular Christmas carol with a hidden message.
THE END
Works Cited
Abramson, Sam. "What are the 12 Days of Christmas." TLC.2013. 10 Dec. 2013
<http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/twelve-days-christmas.htm>.
Dowling, Edward T. "The Real Meaning of "The Twelve Days of Christmas""
Catholic.net. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. <http://www.catholic.net/
index.php?option=dedestaca>.
"History Of 'The Twelve Days Of Christmas'" The Catholic News
Agency.2011.Web. 10 Dec. 2013. <http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/
resources/advent/customs-and-traditions/the-history-of-the-twelve-
days-of-christmas/>.
"The Twelve Days of Christmas." Snopes.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2013.
<http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/12days.asp>.
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