“Go, and wash seven times in the Jordan, and thy flesh shall recover health, and thou shalt be clean.” (IV Kings ) Eight maids a milking symbolize the eight beatitudes.The good that we can draw from the attitudes praised in the Sermon on the Mount are as rich and wholesome as our mother’s milk.With the due explanation, the apparent nonsense of the carol becomes a treasure of precious stones.
Twelve drummers drumming represent the twelve points of belief in the Apostle’s Creed, which constitutes the stirring, throbbing undercurrent that binds the Catholic Faith together.
It is the foundation upon which the Church is built.
The partridge is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who comes to us on the first day of Christmas.
He is fittingly represented as a partridge, a bird which will feign injury in order to draw predators to itself and away from its young.
Ten: the Ten Commandments God handed down to Moses. Queen: the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Queen of Heaven. Twelve face, or "Picture" cards: the number of months in a year.
He then ends his story by saying that "my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, an almanac, and a prayer book." The narrator then closes the story by stating that "this story is true," by claiming he is the soldier in question.
But it is more than a rhapsody of strange and delightful nonsense. Dating back to the 16th or 17th century, it was created as a memory aid to help children learn their Faith.
The “true love” is no earthly suitor, but God Himself, Who gives His wondrous gifts to “me,” every baptized person.
These books tell the history of man from the creation to the time of Moses and the expectation of the Messiah that was accomplished in the birth of Our Lord, Seven swans a swimming represent the seven sacraments.