On the fourth day of Christmas. . .
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me . . .
Four Calling Birds!
Three Fat Sheep!
Two Spitting Llamas!
… And a Parrot on a Fairrryyyyy!
New Style, cost of 4 Calling Birds: $0
Old (Classic) Style, cost of 4 Colly Birds: $0
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.
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