Question - What are the 12 gifts in the 12 days of Christmas?

Answered by: Helen Martin  |  Category: General  |  Last Updated: 18-06-2022  |  Views: 1156  |  Total Questions: 14

The gifts are: A partridge in a pear tree, Two turtle doves, Three french hens, Four calling birds, Five gold rings, Six geese a-laying. Total = 364 We observe that we have the same number of partridges as drummers (12 of each); doves and pipers (22 of each); hens and lords (30 of each) and so on. So the easiest way to count our presents is to add up to the middle of the list and then double the result: (12 + 22 + 30 + 36 + 40 + 42) × 2 = 364. On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave 12 + 11 + 10 + 9 + 8 + 7 + 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 12*13/2 = 78 gifts. (We used the equation 12 + 22 + 32 … + n2 = n(n+1)(2n+1)/6, which can be proved by various methods, one such way is by induction. ) Note that when n = 12, we get the above answer 12*13*14/6 = 364. In this theory, each gift symbolizes a different aspect of the faith: The Partridge in the Pear Tree is Jesus Christ. The 2 Turtle Doves are The Old and New Testaments. The 3 French hens are Faith, Hope, and Charity, the theological virtues. The 4 Calling Birds are the four gospels and/or the four evangelists.

http://web.sonoma.edu/users/w/wilsonst/courses/math_300/groupwork/nos23-/gwsp34/GWSp34m1.html

She gets 1 partridge in a pear tree on each of the 12 days. She gets 2 turtle doves on the last 11 days. She gets 3 french hens on the last 10 days. She gets 4 calling birds on the last 9 days.

https://www.kidzworld.com/article/1625-christmas-record-breakers

The world's largest gift was the Statue of Liberty. The people of France gave it to the US in 1886. It's 151 feet, 1 inch (46. 5 meters) high and weighs 225 tonnes.

https://www.vox.com/2015/12/25/10661878/12-days-of-christmas-explained

The 12 days of Christmas is the period that in Christian theology marks the span between the birth of Christ and the coming of the Magi, the three wise men. It begins on December 25 (Christmas) and runs through January 6 (the Epiphany, sometimes also called Three Kings' Day).

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/that-s-maths-how-many-gifts-did-my-true-love-give-to-me-over

Each day, “my true love” receives an increasing number of gifts. On the first day there is one gift, a partridge in a pear tree. On the second, two turtle doves and another partridge, making three. There are six gifts on the third day, 10 on the fourth, 15 on the fifth, and so on.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/education/how-many-presents-did-my-true-love-really-send-to-me

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent one present, which is half of 1x2; on the second day he sent 3 presents, which is half of 2x3; on the third day, he sent half of 3x4, which is 6, etc. ; until Day 12, when he sent half of 12x13, which is 78 presents.

https://forum.artofmemory.com/t/memorize-the-12-days-of-christmas/34855

Memorize the 12 Days of Christmas A partridge in a pear tree. Two turtle doves. Three French hens. Four calling birds. Five gold rings. Six geese a-laying. Seven swans a-swimming. Eight maids-a-milking.

https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/12daysofchristmas.shtml

However, to get to the song there had to be the days to start with! The 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and last until the evening of the 5th January - also known as Twelfth Night. The 12 Days have been celebrated in Europe since before the middle ages and were a time of celebration.

https://www.whychristmas.com/customs/epiphany.shtml

Epiphany, the Feast of The Three Kings. Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas on 6th January (or January 19th for some Orthodox Church who have Christmas on 7th January) and is the time when Christians remember the Wise Men (also sometimes called the Three Kings) who visited Jesus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Date_of_birth_of_Jesus

The earliest source stating 25 December as the date of birth of Jesus is likely a book by Hippolytus of Rome, written in the early 3rd century.

https://www.rd.com/culture/where-do-12-days-of-christmas-come-from/

Christians believe that the 12 days of Christmas mark the amount of time it took after the birth of Jesus for the magi, or wise men, to travel to Bethlehem for the Epiphany when they recognized him as the son of God.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/when-is-twelfth-night-christmas-tree-decorations-

A count of exactly 12 days from 25 December arrives at 5 January. According to the Church of England, Twelfth Night is 5 January, and the day of Epiphany – when the three wise men came – is 6 January.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/46454700

The name comes from a time when the rich used to box up gifts to give to the poor. Boxing Day was traditionally a day off for servants, and the day when they received a special Christmas box from their masters. The servants would also go home on Boxing Day to give Christmas boxes to their families.