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The Fourth Day of Christmas

On the fourth day of Christmas, in the famous counting song, the singers true love gave four collie birds (blackbirds--not "calling birds" as is commonly sung today). Blackbirds are generally accepted to be negative omens. No matter who's looking. Perhaps the one notable exception is the song "Blackbird" by the Beatles, where Paul McCartney writes of the freedom of the [...]

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Contrary to what appears to be going on around Facebook these days, the Twelve Days of Christmas are not the days leading up to Christmas. They are, in fact, the days between Christmas and Epiphany, and the twelve days of Christmas are meant to be twelve days of celebrating feast. While the well-known Christmas carol is likely to have evolved [...]

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