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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
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First submittedDecember 13, 2012
Times taken126,888
Average score75.0%
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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
105 Recent Comments
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Level 25
Dec 13, 2012
I'm Jewish, and don't know very many Christians, and I still got them all.
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Level 45
Jun 13, 2014
It's technically not a Christian song.
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Level 85
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 70
Dec 16, 2015
Prove that last statement
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Level 48
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 77
Dec 13, 2018
I mean... "Christmas" is right there in the title, and used each verse in the lyrics.
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Level 45
Mar 14, 2024
Don’t worry I’m Christian and I got 7 out of ten
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Level 25
Dec 15, 2012
If someone gave ME 23 birds, they would no longer be my "true love".
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Level 45
Jul 19, 2014
I love it.
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Level 73
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 61
Jan 5, 2022
That's great! Fun fact: the golden rings were originally even MORE birds: ring-necked pheasants to be exact.
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Level 32
Jan 5, 2022
Less a fact than one of the many hypotheses about the song....
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Level 21
Jan 13, 2022
TOO MANY BIRDS
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2013
So easy. I used so sing this all the time during Christmas co I know them.
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Level 26
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 45
Jun 13, 2014
What if it was a girl?
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Level 75
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 45
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 21
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 78
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 75
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 73
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 58
Feb 16, 2024
Ha! I kept trying to put that in the puzzle along with two turtle necks!
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Level 20
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 45
Jun 13, 2014
Have you never been to a Christmas party?
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Level 89
Apr 15, 2019
I'd turn around and walk out if everyone was singing this.
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Level 78
Apr 29, 2024
And that's why no one ever invites you. How precious you are.
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Level 23
Apr 15, 2014
Took me ages to figure out how to spell 'partridge'
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Level 34
May 13, 2014
I have to sing while i answer. got perfect :)
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Level 45
Jun 13, 2014
2:16 left!

And no, I was not singing out loud.

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Level 28
Jun 19, 2014
I've never heard of those gifts!
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Level 90
Jan 5, 2022
Most of these are not common Christmas gifts for the modern day.
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Level 66
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 13
Nov 21, 2014
Finished with 1:05 left. The sad part is I'm 12 years old and JEWISH!!!
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Level 48
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 75
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 45
Dec 15, 2018
Agreed, I’m Methodist but I love Ari Goldwag and Six13! Season’s greetings :)
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Level 32
Jan 5, 2022
Not forgetting "White Christmas," written by Irving Berlin.
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Level 78
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 70
Dec 16, 2015
First published in England in 1780.
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Level 78
Jan 14, 2020
Yeah, but I would most likely have known it through US culture.
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Level 70
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 48
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 82
Mar 7, 2015
So.... some jewelry, a whole bunch of poultry, and 50 slaves. Not a bad haul.
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Level 70
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 89
Apr 15, 2019
Nothing for Christmas? What a serious gyp.
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Level 82
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 32
Jan 5, 2022
That's right, I would argue that point in 3rd grade or thereabouts, that the song clearly says all the listed gifts arrived each day, so there are

12 each partridges and drummers

22 each turtle doves and pipers

30 each French hens and lords

36 each colly birds and ladies

40 each gold rings and maids

42 each geese and swans

Where would the recipient even keep them all?

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Level 68
Dec 20, 2023
Geese and swans are the answer to life, the universe and everything.
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Level 89
Sep 24, 2018
You have to feed your slaves something, might just as well be birdmeat.
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Level 78
Apr 29, 2024
kalbonkersnut: You so funny!! I laugh out loud!!
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Level 29
Sep 11, 2015
Very nice. Didn't expect "colly" birds to work. Kudos
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Level 56
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 70
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 74
Dec 14, 2015
FIIIIIIVE ROAST BEEF SANDWICHES... curse you, Arby's, you've ruined it for me forever.
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Level 40
Dec 16, 2015
I always thought it was Nine Ladies Waiting...couldn't understand why it wouldn't work!
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Level 82
Dec 13, 2016
a true lady wouldn't stick around if you're late.
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Level 46
Dec 23, 2015
had to sing it out loud to get everything in with just 48 seconds left!!!
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Level 63
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 26
Sep 29, 2016
100% with 2.08 seconds remaining, easy quiz!
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Level 65
Dec 13, 2016
I am a culturally illiterate Jewish child and I am proud to get #1 and #12.
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Level 34
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 82
Dec 13, 2016
And a cartridge for Atari...
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Level 78
Apr 29, 2024
Once again, kallowfatbutterspread, you crack me up!!
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Level 54
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 14
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 12
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 25
Dec 17, 2017
how the fat did only 92% of people get a partridge in a pear tree
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Level 75
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 24
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 22
Jan 25, 2018
i got them all with 1:32 left
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Level 89
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 45
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 48
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 35
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 48
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 70
Dec 13, 2018
Typicall they remember the maids, and not the ladies..
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Level 73
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 84
Dec 13, 2018
I could not figure out why three "French toasts" or two "turtlenecks" would not work.
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Level 59
Apr 1, 2021
Vastly superior to the 52 birds you actually get.
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Level 65
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 60
Nov 28, 2020
True xD
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Level 55
Jan 21, 2019
2:05 left. Just worked backwards.
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Level 79
Mar 24, 2019
I got seven of them due to the film The Great Escape. Great film!
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Level 67
Jul 24, 2019
I cant be the only person to think that this song make no sense!
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Level 43
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 43
Oct 31, 2019
Less time, I got them all in 0:38
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Level 63
May 15, 2021
I've always sang partridge as portrait
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Level 74
Nov 6, 2021
I've always known it as "nine ladies waiting". Apparently this is not the more popular version, but it is definitely a known version, as evidenced by some google results. My recommendation is to allow it as an answer.
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Level 42
Nov 22, 2021
I knew this since kindergarden- er at least the tune. I never really could figure the entire lyrics out.
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Level 65
Dec 11, 2021
12/12 easy.
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Level 72
Jan 5, 2022
Collie birds doesn't work.

Also not working: a beer (in a tree), two turtlenecks, three french toasts, four pounds of backbacon, five golden touques, six packs of two-four, seven packs of smokes, eight comic books... ;)

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Level 84
Jan 5, 2022
Very happy that this is still remembered by some.
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Level 61
Jan 5, 2022
I grew up with 9 drummers drumming, 10 pipers piping, 11 ladies dancing, and 12 lords a leaping. It makes more sense. The music has to come before the dancing and leaping.
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Level 59
Jan 5, 2022
well you grew up with not the right song lol
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Level 69
Jan 7, 2022
Same with me. And there's yet another commenter above who has the same case. It might be an older version of the song. In the book I learnt it from when I was a child, most of the nursery rhymes sounded archaic. The editors even used "thou" and "thee" in some texts.
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Level 57
Jan 5, 2022
0 answer, I have no idea what this quiz is about, I guess it's not something we might know in France.
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Level 22
Jan 6, 2022
Ok but how did more people get "two turtle doves" correct than "partridge in a pear tree"?
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Level 72
Jan 12, 2022
Spelling.
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Level 48
Jan 6, 2022
100% first try, easy dubs
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Level 64
Jan 8, 2022
on the twelfth day my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming like olympus above the serengeti
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Level 29
Dec 20, 2023
I only the first 5 by heart, the rest are guessing lol
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Level 21
Jan 14, 2024
don't know any of em lol