Partridges: 1 × 12 = 12; Doves: 2 × 11 = 22; Hens 3 × 10 = 30; Calling birds: 4 × 9 = 36; Golden rings: 5 × 8 = 40; Geese: 6 × 7 = 42; Swans: 7 × 6 = 42; Maids: 8 × 5 = 40; Ladies: 9 × 4 = 36; Lords: 10 × 3 = 30; Pipers: 11 × 2 = 22; Drummers: 12 × 1 = 12; Total = 364
Extra credit FYI: "The 'The 12 Days of Christmas' gifts would cost $116,673 in 2014, a 1% increase from 2013." source: The Christian Science Monitor376
"Eggnog literally means eggs inside a small cup. It is used as a toast to ones health. Nog is an old English dialect word (from East Anglia) of obscure origins that was used to describe a kind of strong beer (hence noggin). It is first recorded in the seventeenth century. Eggnog, however, is first mentioned in the early nineteenth century but seems to have been popular on both sides of the Atlantic at that time. An alternative British name was egg flip.
It all began in England, where eggnog was the trademark drink of the upper class. "You have to remember, the average Londoner rarely saw a glass of milk," says author/historian James Humes (July 1997, "To Humes It May Concern"), former speech writer and adviser to four presidents. "There was no refrigeration, and the farms belonged to the big estates. Those who could get milk and eggs to make eggnog mixed it with brandy or Madeira or even sherry." But it became most popular in America, where farms and dairy products were plentiful, as was rum. Rum came to these shores via the Triangular Trade from the Caribbean; thus it was far more affordable than the heavily taxed brandy or other European spirits that it replaced at our forefather's holiday revels." source: http://whatscookingamerica.net/Eggnog.htmFrance
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source: MetropolitanWashingtonOldTimeRadioClub.com"Never lick a frozen pole."
source: Wikipedia/National Lampoon's Christmas VacationA free turkey
"It does report wise men (“magi”) came, but it does not say how many. None of the early Church Fathers suggested the magi were kings. Since the word “magi” used in the Bible is plural, there were apparently at least two, and there could have been more—even several more. The Bible simply mentions three costly gifts they presented—gold, frankincense and myrrh, but this does not necessarily indicate the number of magi. There is also no proof of what country these men came from." source: ChristianAnswers.net
"The list represents an aggregation of all recorded versions of each holiday song ranked based upon ASCAP's historical data from radio, television and internet performances." source: ASCAP.com“White Christmas” (1941)
"Hanukkah, or the Festival of Rededication, celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement by the Syrian Greeks in 164 BCE. Although it is a late addition to the Jewish liturgical calendar, the eight-day festival of Hanukkah has become a beloved and joyous holiday. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and takes place in December, at the time of year when the days are shortest in the northern hemisphere." sources: Hanukkah 101 at MyJewishLearning.com and Judaism 101 on www.jewfaq.comThe Defeat of the Syrian Greeks
The seven principles of Kwanzaa are:
"Theodore Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 to 1908, forbade the display of Christmas trees in the White House. He believed that cutting evergreen trees for decorative purposes caused deforestation and was bad for the environment. As a conservationist, he was also concerned that his political opponents could use the seemingly hypocritical display of a Christmas tree against him." source:synonym.comCalvin Coolidge