On the first day of Christmas. . .

December 17, 2010

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known Christmas carol.  What gets a little confusing is most people think it’s the twelve days BEFORE Christmas, but it’s really supposed to be AFTER Christmas:

“Contrary to much popular belief, these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but in most of the Western Church are the twelve days from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany  (January 6th; the 12 days count from December 25th until January 5th). In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th with the following day considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th). In these traditions, the twelve days begin December 26 and include Epiphany on January 6.” –  The Voice

Then there’s the whole deal about the crazy presents. They’re definitely from a different era.  I mean, who wants this laundry list of gifts?

  1. A partridge in a pear tree,
  2. Two turtle doves,
  3. Three french hens,
  4. Four colly birds,
  5. Five gold rings,
  6. Six geese laying,
  7. Seven swans swimming,
  8. Eight maids milking,
  9. Nine drummers drumming,
  10. Ten pipers piping,
  11. Eleven ladies dancing, and
  12. Twelve lords leaping.

Some of them sound intriguing, but others are a little questionable.  And how much did all that cost? 

I decided to mix things up a bit, and do part of the days before Christmas, in the popular style, and part of the days after Christmas, in the classic style.  And while I’m at it, a little comparison of the cost for the two sets of gifts.  Is the classic true love more expensive, or is eccentric country more costly?

So let us start at the beginning, day 1, always a good place to start!  We’re mixing it up eccentric country style, so here we go!

On the first day of Christmas
my true love gave to me –

picture of parrot with santa hat

The first day of Christmas!

… A Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!

Cost of African Grey Parrot: $800
Cost of Resin Fairy Statue: $20

Old school, cost of partridge: $3.00 for a Chukar Partridge Chick
Cost of Pear Tree, 7 feet tall: $50

Looks like the classic style would be cheaper, at about $53.  But although the new version comes to $820, parrots are like MasterCard, priceless!

But then, I love eccentric Christmases!

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