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Twelve Days of Christmas by CelticArt Twelve Days of Christmas by CelticArt
This painting was commissioned for the popular range of jigsaws sold by Tailten Games

It was illegal to be a Catholic in England from 1558 to 1829, so this was written as a catechism song to help young Catholics learn the basics of their faith. Since it sounded like rhyming nonsense, Catholics could sing it without fear of imprisonment. The song had hidden meanings; "true love" refers to God and "me" refers to the church. The twelve gifts also had their meanings. On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me twelve drummers drumming (the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostles’ Creed), eleven pipers piping (the eleven faithful apostles), ten lords a-leaping (the ten commandments), nine ladies dancing (the nine fruits of the Spirit), eight maids a-milking (the eight beatitudes), seven swans a-swimming (the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments), six geese a-laying (the six days of creation), five golden rings (the first five books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch"), four calling birds (the four Gospels, the four evangelists), three French hens (faith, hope and charity), two turtle doves (the Old and New Testaments) and a partridge in a pear tree (Jesus Christ, symbolically presented as a mother partridge that acts as a decoy to save her helpless chicks from predators).
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smokinggoat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
i love this! well done!!
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MAReiach Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
Detailed and stunning beyond words.
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PuZZledAngel13 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2010
Amazing detail and such beautiful colors!:highfive:
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Ayumi-obaachan Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
F*CK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! IT'S WONDERFUL!!!!! WOW!!! :D
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RealityUnfiltered Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2008
Transcending
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Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
SO beautiful!!! the details and the colors are amazing!
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Thea-Nu Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So amazing :aww:
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Shuibhne Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2008
A wonderful piece of work, and a thoroughly educational description. Thank you on both counts.
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LadyCelticRose Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
That is so cool! I didn't know that about the 12 days of Christmas! :D
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