Here's two handy but little-known facts about "The Twelve Days Of Christmas" that I drag out every December to drive my friends & family crazy:

  • It's not "calling birds" -- it's supposed to be "coally birds." That's a old term for "blackbirds." Makes more sense now, huh?
  • The first seven days all refer to birds. The "five golden rings" are not the kind you wear on your finger; rather, they are the markings around the neck of a pheasant.
Yes, now you too can be insufferably annoying at the next family Christmas party!