On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me………. four calling birds
The four calling birds are perhaps a bit of a mystery on the gift list from true love. The original lyrics have been somewhat amended. History suggests that they were originally ‘collie’ birds or ‘coloured’ birds meaning blackbirds and were later changed to ‘calling’ in 1909 by Austin when he added the tune to the song. The four birds are significant in number, representing the four Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John, the first 4 books in the New Testament which all tell the Christmas story from different narratives. On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me the gospels, the good news!
Looking after the birds in our gardens is a lovely idea for an Eco gift. There are many gifts for bird watching enthusiasts from membership to the RSPB, a bird watching book, a decent pair or binoculars, a bird puzzle, to a simple bird feeder or an ethical clothing with bird prints. Giving thought to the bird theme from robins to turtle doves, there really are gifts for all budgets and ages. Children would love these kids binoculars for a trip out with Grandparents when Covid restrictions are lifted. Buying through the RSPB is supporting a charity that really cares for our planet. They are plastic- free where they can be like in their greeting cards and everything is ethically sourced. There are many thoughtful gifts. I really like the idea of a bird food tin as it is reminder to look after nature.