• Diane M Kellogg

The Twelve Days of Christmas!


Has any Christmas song ever offered so much subject matter for painting and artwork as the Twelve Days of Christmas? A song many of us know by heart, it was originally published in England in 1780. It had no music and is thought to have been French in origin. Music was added in 1909 by the English composer Frederic Austin.

Original Art by Xavier Romero-Frias


For more information and history...click here.

Link to a 12 Days of Christmas coloring page for the kiddies.


Perhaps the best current example of the Twelve Days of Christmas comes from designer and teacher Lynn Andrews.

Photo and Design ©2020 Lynn Andrews Folkart


She has some totally awesome upcoming Zoom classes for her Twelve Days of Christmas Ornaments.

Photo and Design ©2020 Lynn Andrews Folkart


For complete information on her classes, please follow this link... Lynn Andrews 12 Days of Christmas Zoom Classes


Enjoy the poem below and if you are like me you are singing it as you read it!


The Twelve Days of Christmas


On the first day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the second day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the third day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the fourth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the fifth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the sixth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the seventh day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the eighth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the ninth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the tenth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the eleventh day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Eleven pipers piping,

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


On the twelfth day of Christmas,

My true love sent to me

Twelve drummers drummings,

Eleven pipers piping,

Ten lords a-leaping,

Nine ladies dancing,

Eight maids a-milking,

Seven swans a-swimming,

Six geese a-laying,

Five golden rings.

Four calling birds,

Three French hens,

Two turtle-doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.


Merry Christmas!


Stamp Art - Oli Peterson - Wikimedia Commons




Sources - Wikipedia & Wikipedia Commons



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