Friday, December 7, 2007

Show and Tell Friday: 12 Days of Christmas Tree

I love displaying small Christmas trees. Last week, I shared about Our Family Tree that we're displaying in our entryway as a way to celebrate our love for our family this Christmas season.

This little ornament tree sits on the back of our piano.

Last year, I bought a set of "12 Days of Christmas" ornaments. Each ornament is made of paper-mâché and depicts a different day in the "12 Days of Christmas Song". This ornament tree holds exactly 12 ornaments, so it was a perfect way to display them. I love how colorful they are, and that they have a vintage look to them.

One of the reasons that I love this tree is that I found Christian meanings attributed to each of the "12 Days of Christmas". There is some controversy as to whether or not this was the actual origin of the song, but I love remembering them this way, and will teach this to our children. Here are the days, along with some of the pictures of these ornaments!

First Day: A Partridge in a Pear Tree - The partridge in a pear tree is Christ Jesus upon the Cross. In the song, Christ is symbolically presented as a mother partridge because she would feign injury to decoy a predator away from her nestlings. She was even willing to die for them.

Second Day: Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments

Third Day: Three French Hens - Faith, hope and love—the three gifts of the Spirit that abide (1 Corinthians 13).

Fourth Day: Four Calling Birds - The four evangelists who wrote the Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John—which sing the song of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Fifth Day: Five Golden Rings - The first Five Books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.

Sixth Day: Six Geese A Laying - The six days of creation.

Seventh Day: Seven Swans A Swimming - The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

Eighth Day: Eight Maids A Milking - The eight Beatitudes listed in the Sermon on the Mount.

Ninth Day: Nine Ladies Dancing - The nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit found in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.

Tenth Day: Ten Lords A Leaping - The Ten Commandments

Eleventh Day: Eleven Pipers Piping - The eleven faithful disciples

Twelfth Day: Twelve Drummers Drumming - The 12 points of the Apostles' Creed: belief in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, made man, crucified, died and arose on the third day, that he sits at the right hand of the father and will come again, the resurrection of the dead and life everlasting.

If you would like a set of ornaments similar to these, you can find them here.

(For more Show and Tell, you can visit Kelli's!)

I hope that you have a great weekend celebrating the season!


  1. Wow, Sarah, I love those ornaments! They are just beautiful! Thanks for sharing the meanings - I had read about them a few years ago, but it's great to be reminded of them.

  2. Love the ornament tree! I've never seen anything like it.

    Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

  3. That's so cool. I've never seen or heard the Christian slant on the song. I like it. And the ornaments are so cute.

    Thanks for sharing and hope you have a nice weekend.

  4. Thanks for sharing all that! I love finding out the origins of things we take for granted- so enlightening:-)

  5. Beautiful ornaments--and what a cool way to display them. I do not think I have ever heard the Christian idea for the song, but it was interesting ;-)

  6. Gorgeous! I'm gonna get me some of those ornaments now.

  7. I have never heard that before I am so glad you shared it. I love the ornaments.

  8. Hi Sarah, I love the tree and the ornaments. So different. Be sure and see my 12 Days of Christmas tree skirt I am going to show on Seeds of my Garden on the 10th (Monday). I love the 12 days of Christmas theme.

  9. That is so awesome! I have always loved that song and its true meaning and what an awesome way to display it and teach your children about it! I want them! And the tree! Already have the tray! LOL

  10. This takes my breath away....what a wonderful, and very unique holiday decoartion! Fabulous.

  11. Those are great ornaments and the message is even greater!

  12. That's a beautiful little tree. What a good idea with the Christian themed ornaments.

  13. We have a tree very similar to this at the check out desk in our office. It has colored ornaments on it. I like yours much better!

    I'd never heard the connection between the song and the scripture. Very neat!

  14. Sarah,

    The ornaments are beautiful, but even more so are the interesting facts that tie them to God's Word. I had never heard this before and thank you so much for sharing.

  15. I love the way your little tree looks and with the meaning of each ornament it is even more special!

  16. What a unique work of art. I like your tree and special ornaments!

    Thanks for sharing,

  17. Oh I love those ornaments. They are beautiful. I was not familiar with the Christian meaning behind the song- thanks so much for sharing.

  18. I love your 12 days of Christmas tree! What a wonderful and beautiful decoration!


  19. Great ornaments and I love how you displayed them!

  20. Wow, Sarah! I had just read about that and then you printed it with really cool graphics! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Love it all! You are so festive.

    Where, oh where do you find the energy my pregnant friend? I can barely light my Yankee candle. WHEW!