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 Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, whose birthday we celebrate on December 25, the first day of Christmas. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge that feigns injury to decoy predators from her helpless nestlings, recalling the expression of Christ's sadness over the fate of Jerusalem: "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How often would I have sheltered you under my wings, as a hen does her chicks, but you would not have it so . . . ." (Luke 13:34)
ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME -
TWO TURTLE DOVES
The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God's self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.