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The Twelve Days of Christmas

01/02/2016

A good subject for a blog between Christmas and New Year is this song, which represents the 12 days between Christmas and Epiphany on 6th January.  The Museum of London did a nice piece on this on 24th December, tying into a poster campaign they are running linked to objects in their collections:

http://blog.museumoflondon.org.uk/look-twelve-days-christmas/

Different versions of the song exist, some of which are thought to go back to the 16th century although the first written form is not found until the 18th century, and a standard form was established in the early 20th century.

On the First day of Christmas my true love sent to me a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the Second day of Christmas my true love sent to me Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

On the Third day of Christmas my true love sent to me Three French Hens, Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

and so on with

Four Calling Birds

Five Gold Rings

Six Geese a-Laying

Seven Swans a-Swimming

Eight Maids a-Milking

Nine Ladies Dancing

Ten Lords a-Leaping

Eleven Pipers Piping

Twelve Drummers Drumming

 

 

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