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.
I find this graphic art from DandelionGraphicsCo to be cute and clever:
I love this big, chunky, eye-catching beaded necklace with a calling bird at its center. As Megg at justoffthebeadinpath states “each and every bead hand sewn with LOVE!!!” I think the result is fabulous.
I would like to take a moment to clarify something about those “calling birds.” Actually, this does not refer to a sparrow with a cell phone…rather, the true term is colly birds, not calling birds. Somehow the word got messed up over the years, and now people tend to sing the song saying “calling birds” rather than the original colly birds. Just what is a colly bird? It’s a blackbird. In England a coal mine is known as a colliery, and colly is a derivation of this – basically meaning “black as coal.”
So with this in mind, here is my third choice for today’s song verse. I love steampunk, and this bird handcarved by Twistedcopperforest and decorated with charms certainly fits the bill. And the fact that he’s mounted on a vintage toy telephone certainly stays within the theme, regardless of which word you choose to sing!