December 27 is the Third Day of Christmas. The three french hens symbolize faith, hope, and love.
The Third Day of Christmas is also the feast day of St, John the Apostle and Evangelist. John may not have been a witness to Jesus' birth, but he was an eyewitness to the earthly ministry of Jesus, and his death and resurrection, as he states in his first letter.
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us-- we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:1-4)
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)