Did you know that the earliest version of "The 12 Days of Christmas" was published in 1780 as part of a children's book? And the well known music was not added until 1909.
First Few Days of Christmas
The song is thought to have originated as a child's memory game depicting the list of presents gifted for the twelve days after Christmas leading to the Twelfth Night and Feast of the Epiphany.
In the 1780 version there are four colly birds, which became canary, collie, colley, colour'd, curley, and corley before becoming calling birds in 1909.
Next time I'll share some fun facts about the beautiful display at the Arboretum.