Christmas is coming ever nearer, and the undisputed best part of the holiday season besides family time, presents and tons of pie is the music. Holiday songs have been filling people's minds and hearts for hundreds of years, and have become more than a tradition. From "The Christmas Song" to "O Holy Night" to "The Little Drummer Boy," classic Christmas carols have become a major part of the holiday season and worked their ways into family life and popular culture. Thus, old Christmas favorites, which have some of the warmest spots in our hearts, get constant re-imaginings and covers from all of music's major players. But what versions of all the Christmas songs are the best? And, as a part of the 12 days of Christmas, we'll be counting down the days and the best Christmas songs. Just eight days remain until Christmas, and since this series is titled after the 12 Days of Christmas, how about we look at the traditional carol based off the ultimate Christmas countdown?
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The earliest known version of the song appeared in the s, and some historians actually believe the traditional English tune has French origins. The carol is a cumulative song, which simply means that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. On the second day of Christmas My true love gave to me Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas My true love gave to me Three French hens, Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the fourth day of Christmas My true love gave to me Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree.