That’s a Lot of Gifts! Organizing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

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Image of a Christmas Tree in Central Library, The Los Angeles Library in 2007, photography by R. Isip One of my favorite holiday songs is “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

It’s a great cumulative counting song with that great “5 golden rings” section that everyone loves…

The other day I got to thinking, “Just how would you organize and store all those gifts you received?”

Today’s post is a fun one and shows how I would organize all of those gifts from “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”

Organizing “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

As you may recall, all of the gifts from the song are cumulative and are given over the course of twelve days.

On the first day you’d receive a partridge in a pear tree, the second day you’d receive two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree, on the third day you’d receive three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree, and so on and so forth.

Adding up all the items comes to 364 gifts; that’s nearly one gift for each day of the year!

I made a little spreadsheet to help with the breakout of each of the gifts. Here’s the totals:

  • 12 partridges in 12 pear trees
  • 22 turtle doves
  • 30 french hens
  • 36 calling birds
  • 40 golden rings
  • 42 geese a laying (we’ll have to consider at least 1 gosling each for a minimum of 42 goslings)
  • 42 swans a swimming (hmm, they’ll need a place to swim)
  • 40 maids a milking (don’t forget the 40 cows and the 40 buckets and stools that come with the maids)
  • 36 ladies dancing
  • 30 lords a leaping
  • 22 pipers piping (and their 22 sets of pipes)
  • 12 drummers drumming (and their 12 drum kits)

Wow, that sure is a lot of gifts!

First things first, if money were no object, I’d probably need several hundred acres of land all to myself to do some construction.

I’d then start building all the different homes for each of the gifts. I have to say the easiest set of gifts to house will probably be a jewelry box for the five golden rings…

What would I build and/or purchase? I started a board on Pinterest to organize my plans, conveniently called, Organizing The Twelve Days of Christmas.

You don’t have to have a Pinterest account to check out the board, so be sure to hop on over and take a look!

Here’s wishing you and yours a happy holiday!

Now to you…have you ever considered the logistics or math in any song, past or present? How would you organize the gifts received in “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Leave a comment below and join in the conversation!

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