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What are the gifts in the song 'The 12 Days of Christmas'?

Do you know all twelve? The ANSWERS are at the FOOT of this page.
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What gifts were given on each of The Twelve Days of Christmas?

The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a well known classic English Christmas carol that increments the numbers of increasingly grand gifts by one in each verse, over each of the twelve days of Christmas. 'Christmas Day' is considered the 'First Day of Christmas' and the Twelve Days are 25 December through to the 5th of January. The song was published in England in 1780 without music as a rhyme, but is thought to be French in origin.

The first verse runs in full, as follows:
"On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me,
A partridge in a pear tree."

The next eleven verses follow the same pattern, each adding one new gift and repeating all the earlier gifts so that each verse is one line longer than the verse before.

It's a typical Christmas quiz question, so do you know your drummers drumming from you lords a-leaping? The answers are at the foot of the page.

Answer - The 12 Days Of Christmas gifts:

  • A partridge in a pear tree
  • Two turtle doves
  • Three french hens
  • 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