Learn the real meaning of the twelve days of Christmas, Kiefner style!
At Kiefner Christmas at the farm, any newcomer (boyfriend, girlfriend, lucky friend) is a “goose”. We search for these geese all year, prodding the nieces and nephews to find an unsuspecting goose to bring to the farm for Kiefner Christmas.
While we make out this tradition to be a little scarier than it actually is, so far no one has become a cooked goose!
Each year, Pop (my husband’s father) describes the origin of the Christmas carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and the secret meanings behind each of the symbols for the 12 days. (This year, niece Elizabeth helped him with that.) The carol was a way for the Roman Catholics to secretly teach and reinforce their faith at a time when they were not permitted to openly confess. Click here to see the full description of the hidden meaning of this well-known carol.
In short, the meanings are as follows:
Partridge in a Pear Tree – The True Love of Jesus Christ
Two Turtle Doves – Old and New Testaments
Three French Hens – Faith, Hope, and Love
Four Calling Birds – The gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
Five Gold Rings – First five books of the Old Testament which tell of man’s fall into sin and God’s plan for redemption through His son.
Six Geese a Laying – Six days of creation.
Seven Swans a Swimming – Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Eight Maids a Milking – The Beatitudes
Nine Ladies Dancing – The Fruits of the Spirit
Ten Lords a Leaping – The Ten Commandments
Eleven Pipers Piping – Eleven faithful Apostles
Twelve Drummers Drumming – The twelve points of belief in The Apostles Creed.
So with each verse we add motions to the song, with our special new geese flapping their wings and squatting for”Geese a Laying”. The three sons are always the “Lords a Leaping” and everyone joins in on all the rest. Click here to see the last verse of this banner-year’s Kiefner version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” with a whopping FOUR geese-a-laying!
After we parade into the field to cut the tree (we actually watch Kent and Barry do the hard work), we file back to the house for caroling led by Luanne at the piano and AFTER the performance and congrats to our new geese, we open gifts and eat Luanne’s delicious chili or soup.
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