Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Tomorrow is Christmas day and I hope you're having a great time!

A big part of Christmas is the giving and there's no bigger reminder of that than that Christmas classic, the Twelve Days of Christmas. You know, "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree!..."

It goes on for twelve days, obviously, and each day the recipient is given a new gift and number of gifts equals the number of the day of Christmas. For example, on day one its a (single) partridge in a pear tree. On day four its four colly birds--colly, not calling (it means black)--on day twelve its twelve drummers drumming.

And on each day you get the gift for each previous day again. On day one its that partridge in a pear tree. On day two its two turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree. On day three its three french hens, two more turtle doves and another partridge in a pear tree. And on and on, all the way to day twelve.

In the end you get:

Twelve partridges in twelve pear trees.
Twenty-two turtle doves.
Thirty french hens.
Thirty-six colly birds.
Forty golden rings.
Forty-two geese a laying.
Forty-two swans a swimming.
Forty maids a milking.
Thirty-six ladies dancing.
Thirty lords a leaping.
Twenty-two pipers piping.
Twelve drummers drumming.

That's 12, 22, 30, 36, 40, 42 on days one through six. And then the reverse for days seven through twelve: 42, 40, 36, 30, 22, 12. You get the same number of partridges in pear trees as you do drummers, because 1x12=12x1. The same number of turtle doves as pipers, because 2x11=11x2. The pattern is consistent throughout the song:

1x12=12x1 (12)
2x11=11x2 (22)
3x10=10x3 (30)
4x9 = 9x4 (36)
5x8 = 8x5 (40)
6x7 = 7x6 (42)

That's 364 gifts altogether!

Not the most traditional Christmas blog, but I thought it was interesting. Hope you're enjoying your holiday season!

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