The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16362   Message #152951
Posted By: MTed
22-Dec-99 - 12:52 PM
Thread Name: Twelve Days of Christmas-for teaching catechism?
Subject: RE: Twelve Days of Christmas
There is a good summary of the debunkings of this thing here:

One of the points that it makes, was that in one of the earliest printed(English) versions, it is presented as a memory and forfeit song, which would account for there being so many versions, with so many different gifts--

Also mentioned is an old song, "A New Dial" or "In Those Twelve Days" which actually lists the Beatitudes, etc.