Day Twenty of Breezemas: Twelve Day’s of Christmas Gift Tier List

Lily Botelho

We’ve all heard the classic Christmas song “Twelve Days of Christmas”, with its strange amalgamation of gifts all being given to this woman by her true love. To me at least, this song creates more questions than it answers. Who is this true love? Why do they have so many different kinds of birds? How are they gifting actual people? And in what situation would anybody want these gifts? Obviously, this song is very old, dating back to 1780, and definitely has an actual meaning behind it, but I have decided to apply a 21st-century lens and rank how each of these gifts would be received now. Let us know how you would feel receiving any of these gifts!

A Key to all the Gifts:

  1. A partridge in a pear tree,
  2. Two turtle doves,
  3. Three french hens,
  4. Four calling birds,
  5. Five gold rings,
  6. Six geese a-laying
  7. Seven swans a-swimming,
  8. Eight maids a-milking,
  9. Nine ladies dancing,
  10. Ten lords a-leaping,
  11. Eleven pipers piping,
  12. Twelve drummers drumming.

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