12 Days of Christmas Legend Game

Match Each Gift to its Symbolic Christian Meaning

The 12 Days of Christmas legend has been the subject of much debate. Did Christians really write it to use as a secret code to learn and share their tenets of faith, while avoiding persecution? It's hard to say!

There are many claims to its origins and perhaps there is a smidgen of truth in them all, but regardless, even if the legend isn't true; it's still a fun way to learn and remember important aspects of Christian faith. So, why not make a game out of it?



12 Days of Christmas Legend Game CHALLENGE

Can you match each of the twelve gifts of Christmas with their symbolic Christian meanings?

A. Days of Creation

B. The Gospels and/or Evangelists

C. The Beatitudes

D. The Faithful Apostles

E. Old and New Testaments

F. The Commandments

G. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit

H. The Doctrines in the Apostle's Creed

I. Jesus

J. The Pentateuch

K. The Theological Virtues

L. Gifts of the Holy Spirit

_____   A Partridge in a Pear Tree

_____   Two Turtle Doves 

_____   Three French Hens 

_____   Four Calling Birds

_____   Five Golden Rings 

_____   Six Geese A-Laying 

_____   Seven Swans A-Swimming 

_____   Eight Maids A-Milking 

_____   Nine Ladies Dancing 

_____   Ten Lords A-Leaping 

_____   Eleven Pipers Piping 

_____   Twelve Drummers Drumming 


12 Days of Christmas Legend Game ANSWERS

Christian Legends: 12 Days of Christmas Game
  1. A Partridge in a Pear Tree / I. Jesus

  2. Two Turtle Doves  / E. Old and New Testaments

  3. Three French Hens / K. The Theological Virtues (faith, hope, love - 1 Corinthians 13:13)

  4. Four Calling Birds / B. The Gospels and/or Evangelists (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

  5. Five Golden Rings / J. The Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy)

  6. Six Geese A-Laying  / A. Days of Creation

  7. Seven Swans A-swimming / L. Gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord)

  8. Eight Maids A-Milking  / C. The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10)

  9. Nine Ladies Dancing  / G. The Fruits of the Holy Spirit (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control)

  10. Ten Lords A-Leaping  / F. The Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17)

  11. Eleven Pipers Piping  / D. The Faithful Apostles (Peter, Andrew, James -son of Zebedee, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James - son of Alphaeus, Thaddeus, Simon)

  12. Twelve Drummers Drumming  / H. The Doctrines in the Apostle's Creed (view here)

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