The Second Day of Christmas

The Second Day of Christmas

We are told that on this second day of Christmas that his true love gave him two turtle-doves. Our gift giver seems to have access to some strange birds, but what is the significance to these two feathered presents?

“Turtledoves (also called doves) are known as gentle birds of peace. Long ago people gave doves to God as a gift of love. Jewish fathers and mothers gave two doves to God when they brought a newborn baby to the Temple in Jerusalem.” (Haidle)

When Jesus was forty days old, we are told in Scripture that His parents brought Him to Jerusalem to the temple as was the custom and would have offered two turtledoves as a sacrifice, as was required by Jewish law. When we sing this song or hang an ornament of two turtle doves, let it remind us of the baby Jesus who was brought to the temple and lived as a child.

Read over the below passages and consider how Christ, God incarnate, endured humiliation as He lived as a child in flesh.

Luke 2:22-24 (ESV)

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Philippians 2:4-7 (ESV)

4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men.