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!

picture of ewes with hats

The Third Day of Christmas

Three Fat Sheep!

picture of two llamas

The Second Day of Christmas

Two Spitting Llamas!

picture of parrot with santa hat

The first day of Christmas!

… 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.

picture of a 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

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!

Ten Days Til Christmas

December 15, 2010

Yes, it’s only ten days until Christmas!


Are you ready??? Cause ready or not, Christmas is coming!

Ho, ho, ho!!!


December 25, 2007

This morning this handsome cardinal was sitting on a tree stump in our front yard. This is not a mirror image – look closely! It’s two different pictures I put side by side. The cardinal just turned his head in opposite directions in the two pictures.

Merry Christmas to all!!!