First
verse:
On the first day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
A
partridge in a pear tree.
Last verse
On the twelfth day of Christmas,
my true love sent to me
Twelve lords aleaping,
Eleven ladies dancing,
Ten pipers piping,
Nine drummers drumming,
Eight maids amilking,
Seven swans
aswimming,
Six geese alaying,
Five golden rings,
Four calling
birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a
pear tree!
There are 12 verses altogether.
Topics: Starter  Number  Xmas
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12 lordsaleaping,
22 ladies dancing,
30 pipers piping,
36 drummers drumming,
40 maids amilking,
42 swans aswimming,
42 geese alaying,
40 golden rings,
36 calling birds,
30 French hens,
22 turtle doves,
12 partridges in pear trees
Total: 364
You can get a little help arriving at the answer by clicking on the play button below:
[Audio excerpt from Natalie Cole's version of the Twelve Days of Christmas]
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