…French Hens were very expensive during the 16th century, and thus are symbolic of the three costly gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh given by the wise men (Matt. 2:10-11). An alternate significance is symbolism depicting the value of the three Christ virtues, faith, hope, and charity (sacrificial love) (1 Cor. 13:13). Other forms of the song use the French Hens to symbolize the three persons of the trinity.
3 hens looking neither french, virtuous nor expensive…
Meanwhile downunder, “On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 3 surfboards…”
Pray tell, how do 3 surfboards compare to gold, frankincense, and myrrh or even faith, hope and charity…they don’t, unless you’re a surfer of course. Any potential, future, brave suitor please note well…no surfboards!!! 😉 Here chicky, chicky.