December 26 - The Second Day of Christmas
Monday, December 26, 2016
On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, 2 calling birds
and a partridge in a pear tree.
One theory, however, connects the carol to the era when Catholicism was outlawed in England, from 1558 and 1829. The carol, it is said, was a catechism song for Catholics to learn "the tenets of their faith," as they could not openly practice in Anglican society [source: Snopes.com]. While many still hold the idea of a coded hymn to be true, there's no substantive evidence that this was the case, nor is there any evidence that the verses contain anything uniquely Catholic.
Here are the verses of the song, along with their supposed symbolism:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree - Jesus Christ
Two Turtle Doves - The Old and New Testaments