So why are Turtle Doves referenced in The Twelve Days of Christmas? In researching this verse I found it to be quite special and meaningful. In history, Turtle Doves have been known as a symbol of faithfulness, love and devotion. Turtle Doves in nature are known to live in pairs for their lifetimes. They stay together and “can’t live” without the other. So as I think about a gift a true love can give to to his or her mate there may be no greater gift of love, an unconditional love, that is everlasting and is true and timeless. This may now be my favorite verse!