Kew Gardens featured this famous English Carol
with every handmade number standing in the gardens.
On the fourth day of Christmas My true love gave to me Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree.
In todays world we can replace these gifts:
Forth day with Peace
‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is a famous singalong Christmas carol that runs through the twelve days that make up the Christmas season – beginning on Christmas Day and ending on 5 January, the day before Epiphany.
I’m using it as a countdown to Christmas.
Each day represents a new gift, starting with ‘a partridge in a pear tree’ and ending with ‘twelve drummers drumming’.
It’s a traditional English tune dating back to the 1700s, which some historians actually believe to have French origins.
The version we know best came from Frederic Austin, an English composer who set the lyrics and added some flourishes – including the drawn out “five go-old rings” – in 1909.
The carol is a cumulative song, which means that each verse is built on top of the previous verses.