Saturday, December 27, 2014

Twelve Days of Christmas - Day 1

The Twelve Days of Christmas are celebrated in the UK and the Commonwealth.  The 'twelve days' are the days between Christmas Day (December 25) and Epiphany (heilige Dreikönige).

Small gifts may be given each day during the twelve days of Christmas.  This tradition is celebrated in the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, which is a very popular Christmas carol in the English speaking world.

The presents in order are:
1st day - a partridge (Rebhuhn) in a pear tree
2nd day - two turtle doves (Turteltauben)
3rd day - three French hens
4th day - four calling birds
5th day - five golden rings
6th day - six geese (Gänse) a-laying
7th day - seven swans (Schwäne) a-swimming
8th day - maids a-milking
9th day - nine ladies dancing
10th day - ten lords a-leaping
11th day - eleven pipers piping
12th day - twelve drummers drumming

Here's a video you can sing along to:

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