The first gift given is a partiage in a pear tree. Let's look at the meaning behind this. We will look at each part of this gift individually and then as a whole. I am struggling with what some are saying the meaning of the partridge is. Some say that the partiage represents Jesus because of the verse Luke 13:34, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!" I find this hard to believe, because when you look into Catholic traditions and symbols the partridge represent satan. The partridge will still other birds eggs and place them in their nest to hatch. Once they hatch and hear their true mom they leave and go to their real mom. So like satan who has come to steal us away from God.
The pear tree represents eternal life and salvation. Now I find this more fitting to be Jesus. He was raised up on a tree, the cross, so that we can have eternal life. Check out Romans 6:23, and write down what you find out about this gift.
Now when we put the two symbols it is a very amazing picture of how Jesus defeated satan. A partridge is about 12 inches long and when you compare it to a 56 ft tall pear tree it becomes a good visual to 1 Corinthians 15:54-56, "But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed upin victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;". We see that the partridge is swallowed up by the size of the pear tree, much like satan is swallowed up by Jesus love for us on the cross where He had victory over death and satan lost his hold on us.