On the fourth day of Christmas. . .

December 22, 2010

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . .  

picture of baby birds dressed up for christmas

The Fourth Day of Christmas

Four Calling Birds!
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picture of ewes with hats

The Third Day of Christmas

Three Fat Sheep!
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picture of two llamas

The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas!
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picture of parrot with santa hat

The first day of Christmas!

… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!

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New Style, cost of 4 Calling Birds: $0

Old (Classic) Style, cost of 4 Colly Birds: $0

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But wait! Just what IS a colly bird???

The verse as sung today as four calling birds is actually a corruption of the English word colly or collie. So, it’s really referring to “four colly birds” or “four collie birds”.

In England a coal mine is called a colliery and colly or collie is a derivation of this and means black like coal. So that makes a colly bird a black bird.

picture of a blackbird

Blackbird

Both our four calling birds and the four colly birds are wild birds, so counted as free.

Therefore, today the costs come out even, and the total stays the same.

Total to date:
New Style – $1,970
Classic Style – $463

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