1. The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.
  2. The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.
  3. Three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.
  4. The four calling birds are the four Gospels.
  5. The five gold rings recall the torah (Law) the first five books of the Old Testament.
  6. The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.
  7. Seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit.
  8. The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes.
  9. Nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the spirit (Gal.5).
  10. The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.
  11. Eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.
  12. Twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in theApostles Creed.