…on the seventh day of christmas

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven Swans-a-Swimming.

 symbolism // The Swans can represent two aspects of the Catholic Faith. On one hand they are said to symbolize the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord. As well as the seven sacraments of Catholicism: Baptism, Communion, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Ordination, and the Ritual of Last Rights. Some also believe that due to a swans elegance and mystery, they were referring to the seven planets known at the time of the song’s creation. 

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