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Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays: Special Illustration

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays: Special Illustration

Happy Holidays! In celebration of Christmas, we posted our own illustrated rendition of the classic Christmas Carol 'Twelves Days of Christmas'. We call our version the 'Twelve Birds of Christmas' - a species of bird for each day!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....
1. A partridge in a pear tree

2. Two turtle doves

3. Three French hens

4. Four colly birds | Four calling birds
While many versions of this song cite the lyric as 'four calling birds', an older version uses the term 'colly', a regional English word for 'black'.

5. Five golden rings | Five golden ring-necked pheasants
An interpretation of the five golden rings as five golden ring-necked pheasants.

6. Six geese a-laying

7. Seven swans a-swimming

8. Eight maids a-milking | Eight cattle egrets
For eight maids a-milking, we illustrated the cattle egret, a bird that spends much of its time around cattle.

9. Nine ladies dancing | Nine lapwings
Lapwings are well known for dancing in the sky during courtship.
10. Ten Lords A-Leaping | Ten Herons
Herons are lordly birds that leap into the air to take flight.

11. Eleven Pipers Piping | Eleven Sandpipers

12. Twelve Drummers Drumming | Twelve woodpeckers
We couldn't think of a better bird to represent the drummer!

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