You’re Doing It Wrong: The 12 Days of Christmas
Eight maids a milking
Seven Swans a Swimming
Six Geese a laying
FIIIIIVE GOOOOLDEN RIIIIINGS
Four Calling Birds
Three French Hens
Two Turtle Doves
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree
Do you know where the error is? Can you call it out?
I’ve never heard it sung a different way, but turns out it’s not “Four Calling Birds,” it’s “Four Colly Birds.”
I know! Mind blown!
And it turns out that a Colly bird is a type of Blackbird, which makes the whole song that much more awesome. It’s like The Nightmare Before Christmas has woven a little magic into a Yuletide favorite. Plus, wouldn’t all holiday decorations be a bit better with a gaggle of blackbirds hanging around?
After learning this, most people’s reaction is the same, “What the hell is a calling bird then?”
To which I always reply, “An ostrich with bluetooth.”
So many people are confused by this response, that I’ve lost faith in humanity.
Thanks a lot Christmas.
Posted on December 11, 2012, in General Geekery and tagged calling birds, Christmas, christmas carols, colly birds, Nightmare Before Christmas, Seven Swans, Twelve Days of Christmas. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.