5 Things You Didn't Know About "12 Days of Christmas"

Posted at 12:20 PM, Dec 23, 2016

One of the most popular songs to sing during this time of year is “12 Days of Christmas,” but there’s more to this tune than you might think, Jimmy Rhoades has five things you didn't know about the holiday hit.

1. They don't end on Christmas Day, they begin on it and end with the Epiphany on Jan. 5. 

2. Many experts believe the "five golden rings" are likely a reference to the yellowish rings around a pheasant's neck.

3. If you multiply each gift by the number of times it recurs in a full round of the song, it adds up to 364 gifts.

4. In various versions, the song has included badgers baiting, bulls a beating, asses racing, hounds-a-running and in the Scottish version, an Arabian baboon.

5. Over the years, the song has been covered by everyone from Winnie the Pooh and Frank Sinatra to Lucille Ball. 

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