Welcome to Part III of the First Day of Christmas, my stab at a definitive answer to these four perennial questions:
We tackled the second question in Part II of the series. Missed it? Get caught up HERE.
If you read the lyric literally, the giver gives his true love lots of presents. On the first day, a partridge in a pear tree. On the second day. two turtle doves AND a partridge in a pear tree. So that is three things on day two and the cumulative total is two turtle doves and TWO partridges in pear trees.
Now. let's review the shipment of gifts that arrives on the twelfth and final day:
On the twelfth day of Christmas
I mean, if I wanted to demonstrate my true love in the same way, my lady would need a barn for all the cows, swans, geese, birds, hens, doves, and partridges! Not to mention a very large house and food budget for all the drummers, pipers, lords, ladies, and maids....
If you do the math, as I have done, you will discover something else quite remarkable. Have a gander at the table below.
The total number of gifts given over twelve days is enough for one gift, be it a calling bird or a maid a-miking, per day for 364 days. Said another way, that's a gift per day from December 26th, the first day of Christmas, to December 24th of the following year--and the only day when there is not a gift is Christmas Day itself, the day God became flesh.