Between 1558 - 1829 it was against the law for Catholics in England to practice their faith with severe penalties. Thus the song was created as a memory aid for children to remember important doctrines of their faith by hiding true the true meanings within the silly lyrics. The children sang it openly without the authorities knowing the real meaning.
The “true love” of the song is not a suitor but is actually God Himself. The “me” who receives the presents represents every baptized person.(http://noelnoelnoel.com/trad/12days.html)
God giving gifts to his people. This reminded me of the symbols of numbers and wondered if the song and number symbols complimented each other. I found my next project!
My son, Matteo, will be returning from his mission on January 6th, Epiphany! In honor of him and because I love numbers I will share these findings over the next twelve days! If you like history, numbers and/or symbology you will enjoy this journey too! :)
Tresta Neil is a homeschool mother of eight. She was born with curiosity and increases that curiosity through symbology!