...my true love gave to me... Are you already singing it in your head? "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is a Christmas carol with a very catchy tune. This popular and enduring carol cumulatively lists increasingly lavish gifts during each verse from a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming. Even though the version we hear today identifies the gift giver as "my true love," some earlier versions of the song instead used "my mother." Many different tunes were also used with the lyrics until the current version became the standard in the early 20th century.