Twelve Days: For the Birds

twelve days of Christmas
one hundred eighty four birds –
no longer true love


about the math:
birds were the gifts on days 1,2,3,4,6, and 7. According to the song, each gift was also given on all subsequent days after the first day that it was given. Therefore:

one partridge every day from day 1 through 12 = 12
two turtle doves, days 2 to 12 = 22
three french hens, days 3-12 = 30
four calling birds, days 4-12 = 36
six geese a laying, days 6-12 = 42
seven swans a swimming, days 7-12 = 42
total = 184 birds

I don’t know many people that want that many birds.


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