Well, at least one thing, anyway.
I’ve been researching my next article for the children’s magazine Aquila. They’re planning a Midwinter Feast issue, and, trying to think of something a bit different, I offered to write about the Puritan ‘banning’ of Christmas celebrations.
Along the way, I came across this Fabulous Fact: We’ve been singing the Twelve Days of Christmas all wrong! Specifically, Day 4, which usually goes Four Calling Birds... When you think about it, it barely makes sense because just about all birds call in one way or another. And it barely makes sense because that wasn’t the original line.
In ye olde days, a common (Old English) name for the blackbird (the British and European variety – I think the bird with that name in America is a different species altogether) reflected its ‘coaly black’ colour – Colly.
On the first day of Christmas…