Answers for the 12 Days of Christmas problem

Updated: Dec 14, 2020


On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me...

How many gifts did the true love send in total?


To view the original question, visit the 12 Days of Christmas Problem blog post here.

My true love sent me…
364 gifts

Partridge (in a pear tree) X 12 days

12 X 1 =12

12 partridges


2 turtle doves x 11 days

11 x 2 = 22

22 turtle doves


3 French hens X 10 days

10 X 3 = 30

30 French hens


Continue the pattern then add up all gifts


12 partridges + 22 turtle doves + 30 French hens + 36 calling birds + 40 Golden rings + 42 geese + 42 swans + 40 maids + 36 ladies + 30 Lords + 22 pipers + 12 drummers = 364 gifts


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