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Twelve Days of Christmas Quiz

What gifts were given on the 12 days of Christmas?
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Last updated: September 4, 2018
First submittedDecember 13, 2012
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Day
Gift
1
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
2
Two Turtle Doves
3
Three French Hens
4
Four Calling Birds
5
Five Golden Rings
6
Six Geese a-Laying
Day
Gift
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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level ∞
Aug 24, 2010
GOLD or GOLDEN, they are both correct. Just different versions.
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level 48
Apr 3, 2014
If "Gold" came first, then people probably just started saying "Golden" because it's more satisfying to hear; saying "gold" for 2 beats across 2 different notes doesn't sound as good as articulating it by adding the next syllable to it.
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level 23
Dec 8, 2015
:)
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level 33
Oct 6, 2010
100% - Christmas is my favorite time of year and I love Christmas songs!
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level 24
Apr 8, 2011
singing out loud but still couldn't get 9/10
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level 22
Oct 14, 2018
Yeah.. I could figure out the swans a swimming.. I had to sing the song like 5 times..
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level 16
Dec 29, 2018
Same. Got a few odd looks.
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level 33
Aug 12, 2011
That was intense!
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level 53
Aug 26, 2011
Chuffed got all 12 in the nick of time!
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level 47
Dec 18, 2015
In the St Nick of time? HHH
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level 28
Dec 21, 2018
You are too clever
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level 53
Dec 27, 2018
is he?
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level 44
Oct 18, 2011
8/12. I hear this song at least 45 times every Xmas - should have gotten them all.
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level 18
Jan 3, 2012
Its 'gold rings' not golden rings Its 'colly' not 'calling' birds - a colly bird is a black bird Also, I've always heard 12 lords, 11 ladies, 10 pipers, 9 drummers
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level ∞
Jan 3, 2012
"Colly" birds will work now. Even though that might be the "correct" version by 19th century standards, I doubt that many people sing it that way nowadays.
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level 58
Dec 11, 2013
I do.
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level 35
Dec 12, 2013
Susie222 @ maybe you do, but a majority do not!
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level 50
Dec 12, 2014
Oi. I hate that version. When you're brought up on the 'twelve drummers drumming' version and are incredibly OCD, you get seriously annoyed. At least if you're me.
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level 73
Dec 13, 2015
don't pander to the masses. Stay on the path of righteousness that is colly (or collie, please!!!), QM
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level 67
Dec 16, 2015
Rhubarb!...... it is 'Calling Birds', whoever heard of Collie birds?
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level 73
Jun 15, 2016
Colly birds are Black Birds. Colly because they look like coal, so it is a nick-name. What's a calling bird? Does it use the phone?
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level 67
Dec 4, 2017
Before I learned that it used to be "colly," I always assumed it just meant a bird that was, you know, calling. As in bird calls. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bird_vocalization
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level 76
Dec 13, 2018
There were some really "unusual" variations in some of the older versions, including bulls a-beating, asses racing, and "some part of a juniper tree" instead of partridge in a pear tree. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Days_of_Christmas_(song)
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level 58
Dec 13, 2015
Interesting; I've definitely always heard it as "calling". I would have thought it was a typo if I'd seen "colly/collie" before. Now I know!
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level 76
Dec 13, 2018
It comes from collier, an archaic name for a coal miner.
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level 45
Dec 13, 2016
Same
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level 22
Feb 3, 2012
12/12 with :56 left
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level 33
Apr 18, 2012
got 'em all with 1:37 to spare. :)
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level 57
Apr 22, 2012
Finished with 1:40 left. Only got them in order because I sang the tune!
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level 12
Jun 13, 2012
I got them all with 1:38 left! I was singing out loud though. I just went from 12 because it was faster.
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level 6
Oct 17, 2012
Whoa bro! I got all of themmmm!!! SWAGG
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level 14
Dec 16, 2015
swag means secretly we are gay, so you are saying secretly we are gay gay.
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level 74
Sep 24, 2018
Maybe they're gay gauchos.
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level 19
Nov 1, 2012
12/12 1:37 left
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level 29
Dec 13, 2012
I'm Jewish, and don't know very many Christians, and I still got them all.
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level 50
Jun 13, 2014
It's technically not a Christian song.
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level 76
Dec 15, 2014
Well, yes and no. While the words aren't religious, the theme - the 12 days of Christmas, which are the days between Christmas and the Epiphany (Jan 6) - are definitely religious.
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level 39
Dec 13, 2015
It is a Christian song - each day's gift refers to things in the Bible, such as the Ten Commandments etc.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2015
Prove that last statement
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level 49
Dec 13, 2018
As a Catholic I latched onto that story when I heard it, that the 12 days were I mnemonic to teach young children catechism in places where and when it was criminalized to be Catholic. It turns out that story was unsupported by facts. (see Wikipedia)
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level 67
Dec 13, 2018
I mean... "Christmas" is right there in the title, and used each verse in the lyrics.
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level 31
Dec 15, 2012
If someone gave ME 23 birds, they would no longer be my "true love".
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level 50
Jul 19, 2014
I love it.
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level 67
Sep 18, 2019
There was a comic who said that the worst day of Christmas is the 6th day, because after getting 5 golden rings, she really wasn't expecting more birds
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level 57
Jun 4, 2013
So easy. I used so sing this all the time during Christmas co I know them.
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level 25
Jul 10, 2013
This guy who purchased all these gifts for his sweetheart really like giving birds. This is a very bird heavy list containing 23 assorted avians. And as for the dancing ladies, he obviously got them for himself.
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level 50
Jun 13, 2014
What if it was a girl?
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level 76
Dec 13, 2018
Unless I was rich and had lots of servants I'd be wondering who was going to feed and clean up after all those leaping lords, dancing ladies, piping pipers, and drumming drummers. I'd have to sell the golden rings just to pay for their food unless...hmm, the plan must have been for them all to eat birds, eggs, milk, and pears. Now I get it, it's party time!
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level 41
Dec 15, 2018
You nailed it... I was thinking of what a racket you’d have to put up with sharing the house with them all ;)
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level 24
Dec 11, 2013
At my high school's holiday convocation, we sing The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each grade sings their respective verse. The fifth graders and the twelfth graders switch so the seniors can sing FIVE MONTHS TO GO (five months till graduation). Seniors2014 :)
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level 73
Dec 12, 2013
I was singing in my head but got messed up around 7 when i slipped into Jeff Foxworthy's 12 redneck days of christmas and tried to put 7 pack of Redman followed by 6 cans of Spam. I eventually switched back to traditional Christmas mode though and got em all.
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level 76
Dec 13, 2016
Thanks for making the quiz on the 12 Redneck Days of Christmas, buck1017. I just took it and did horribly, but it still made me smile.
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level 67
Sep 18, 2019
I feel like I need to make a bob and doug's 12 days of Christmas for all the Canadians out there. "and a beer.... in a tree"
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level 23
Jan 7, 2014
wow am I young or don't care about Christmas only got 2 and that was cheating from the comments
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level 50
Jun 13, 2014
Have you never been to a Christmas party?
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level 74
Apr 15, 2019
I'd turn around and walk out if everyone was singing this.
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level 19
Mar 22, 2014
One of my favorite songs! 100%
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level 26
Apr 15, 2014
Took me ages to figure out how to spell 'partridge'
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level 24
May 13, 2014
I have to sing while i answer. got perfect :)
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level 50
Jun 13, 2014
2:16 left! And no, I was not singing out loud.
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level 25
Jun 19, 2014
I've never heard of those gifts!
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level 67
Oct 31, 2014
I'm actually surprised to have gotten them all on my first try. And with 2:02 left, even.
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level 14
Nov 21, 2014
Finished with 1:05 left. The sad part is I'm 12 years old and JEWISH!!!
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level 49
Dec 13, 2018
Nothing sad about that. I've heard it said that there are no famous Hannukah songs because all the best Jewish writers were busy writing the best know Christmas songs.
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level 76
Dec 13, 2018
Why be sad? Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand sell lots of Christmas albums. I'm Christian but I love listening to the Hannukah channel. Happy holidays!
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level 41
Dec 15, 2018
Agreed, I’m Methodist but I love Ari Goldwag and Six13! Season’s greetings :)
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level 71
Dec 13, 2014
It's amazing that I never even knew of the existence of this song, with all the Christmas movies I've seen and dominance of American culture in my country. Yet, it seems to be general knowledge in the US.
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level 67
Dec 16, 2015
First published in England in 1780.
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level 21
Dec 25, 2014
I like the cover version of this song by Straight No Chaser. It is kind of a Christmas carol medley.
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level 49
Dec 13, 2016
The best.
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level 21
Feb 15, 2015
1:30 left. i'm 13 and i've only seen the words two times.
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level 77
Mar 7, 2015
So.... some jewelry, a whole bunch of poultry, and 50 slaves. Not a bad haul.
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level 58
Sep 12, 2018
It's a lot more than 50. On the 12th day 12 drummers drumming, 11 pipers piping, ...and a partridge in a pear tree are all given. The 11 pipers are given twice and the 10 lords three times, etc. So you get:
140 slaves
184 birds
40 rings
A total of 364 presents, one for every day of the year except for Christmas Day.
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level 74
Apr 15, 2019
Nothing for Christmas? What a serious gyp.
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level 77
Apr 25, 2019
I thought that each day they just recounted what they had received on the days before, but, okay. That makes it more ridiculous.
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level 74
Sep 24, 2018
You have to feed your slaves something, might just as well be birdmeat.
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level 32
Sep 11, 2015
Very nice. Didn't expect "colly" birds to work. Kudos
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level 20
Nov 19, 2015
12/12
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level 58
Dec 2, 2015
Finished with 1.57 left. But it would have been much harder if they had to be named in the correct order. After maids a milking I get mixed up!
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level 67
Dec 13, 2015
just one more opinion: I'm sure "gold" was the original, but "golden" fits better with the four separate notes.
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level 67
Dec 14, 2015
FIIIIIIVE ROAST BEEF SANDWICHES... curse you, Arby's, you've ruined it for me forever.
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level 32
Dec 16, 2015
I always thought it was Nine Ladies Waiting...couldn't understand why it wouldn't work!
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level 77
Dec 13, 2016
a true lady wouldn't stick around if you're late.
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level 45
Dec 23, 2015
had to sing it out loud to get everything in with just 48 seconds left!!!
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level 50
Jan 13, 2016
Hi, could you try this one? Hope you enjoy it http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/115649/days-of-the-week-in-western-europe
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level 28
Sep 29, 2016
100% with 2.08 seconds remaining, easy quiz!
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level 62
Dec 13, 2016
I am a culturally illiterate Jewish child and I am proud to get #1 and #12.
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level 36
Dec 13, 2016
I like the Canadian version - On the First day of Christmas - I got a Beer Eh! Finished this one though love them all :)
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level 77
Dec 13, 2016
And a cartridge for Atari...
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level 46
Dec 13, 2016
Around the middle, I lost track and had to restart from the end, which worked like a charm of course.
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level 15
Dec 11, 2017
Who wants that many birds? Maybe a zoo? Yikes. I mean that's 1 partridge AND a pear tree every day. 2 Turtle Doves for 11 days. 3 French Hens for 10 days. 4 Calling Birds for 9 days. 6 Geese for 8 days. AND 7 Swans for 7 days. In total that's 197 Birds! (Going back to my earlier comment) Even a ZOO wouldn't need that many.
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level 14
Dec 13, 2017
The Russian version of this song: On the third day of Christmas, my country gave to me three commie leaders, two foreign invaders, and a whole internet of Soviet memes
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level 29
Dec 17, 2017
how the fat did only 92% of people get a partridge in a pear tree
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level 76
Dec 13, 2018
Maybe they listened to the Frank Sinatra version where he got a most lovely lavender tie instead of the partridge in a pear tree.
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level 25
Dec 19, 2017
There are many variations of this song which changed through the ages. Also versions from other countries See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Days_of_Christmas_(song)
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level 23
Jan 25, 2018
i got them all with 1:32 left
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level 74
Sep 24, 2018
I hate this song beyond all other Christmas songs for its annoying repetitive patter of it, pure %@&# in the musicality department.
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level 41
Dec 15, 2018
You’re good, liking it is not required for this quiz, just knowledge of said repetitive lyrics ;)
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level 52
Oct 14, 2018
my favourite is the Irish version by Frank Kelly... absolutely hilarious...... www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJoXCwkPVi8
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level 36
Oct 14, 2018
What's with the incorrectly spelled name of this quiz?
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level ∞
Oct 15, 2018
Broken with the latest update. Now fixed.
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level 49
Dec 13, 2018
Over 2000 Christmas songs in my itunes, and I listen to them 3-4 times a year -- yeah, I'd better ace this one.
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level 63
Dec 13, 2018
Typicall they remember the maids, and not the ladies..
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level 67
Sep 18, 2019
I think it's the lack of a alliteration for the ladies. maids milking, drummers drumming, lords leaping are easy but for some reason ladies dancing is hard to remember
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level 72
Dec 13, 2018
I could not figure out why three "French toasts" or two "turtlenecks" would not work.
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level 61
Dec 13, 2018
If my true love sent me some of these gifts, I think I would seriously consider her sanity.
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level 45
Jan 21, 2019
2:05 left. Just worked backwards.
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level 58
Mar 24, 2019
I got seven of them due to the film The Great Escape. Great film!
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level 48
Jul 24, 2019
I cant be the only person to think that this song make no sense!
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level 24
Oct 31, 2019
They all stand for something in Christianity. I can't remember what they all stand for but you can look it up.
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level 24
Oct 31, 2019
Less time, I got them all in 0:38