THE BEES AND THE BIRDS
CALLING BIRDS, OR COLLY BIRDS?
Speaking of singing birds: one of the most familiar Christmas songs is 'The Twelve Days of Christmas'. Everyone has sung it, but how many people can confidently identify the species to which the four birds given on the fourth day of Christmas belong? In some modern-day versions, they are referred to, very vaguely, as calling birds. In the more popular, original version, however, they are described as colly birds - but what are colly birds?
NOT FROM TURKEY, BUT FROM MEXICO
HOW SANTA CLAUS GAINED HIS REINDEER - AND HIS KANGAROOS!