On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven Pipers Piping.
symbolism // The Pipers are said to represent the original 11 Apostles of Christ: Peter, James, John, Andrew, Phillip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James, Jude, and Simon. Judas was the 12th but was replaced by Matthias after his betrayal. Some argue that this symbol doesn’t have any religious context at all but represents nightingales instead. These birds’s songs are related to piping in nature and can convey a sense of cheeriness or sadness. This idea of duality is carried by the number 11.