If you haven't finished your Christmas shopping, it's not too late. According to the classic holiday song, here's a list of what to get...
First, you need some drummers drumming and pipers piping. You might get lucky and find them playing together.
by Charles A. MacLellan, Saturday Evening Post, July 14, 1917
Next, some lords-a-leaping...If you can't find any lords, some leaping ladies will do just fine.
by Harry Beckhoff, Collier's, September 1, 1934
You will need to locate some ladies dancing.
by R. Sikoryak, New Yorker, May 19, 1997
And some maids-a-milking....
You may need to bring along an extra cow or two ...
Next ... swans-a-swimming. Seven is all you need, but if a few extra want to come along, the more the merrier.
by C. Coles Phillips, Ladies' Home Journal, August 1911
You'll also need some geese-a-laying...try to get them to follow you home.
by unknown artist, Collier's, June 12, 1926
Next on the list ... golden rings. Really, any style of ring should work if golden ones aren't available.
by Kurt Ard, Saturday Evening Post, Feburary 22, 1958
Now you need to find are a few more birds.
Some calling birds or colly birds ...
Plus some French hens ...
by Maud Tousey Fangel, Woman's Home Companion, February 1934
And some turtle doves ... it's probably best to locate this present without the cat around.
by Sarah Stillwell Weber, Saturday Evening Post, April 27, 1918
Last but not least, a partridge in a pear tree ... but any bird with a fruit tree would work as a backup plan.
by David Palladini, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, April 1977
Good luck in your holiday gift hunting!
The Coles Phillips "swan" image and the cover for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction are from the Periodicals Collection.
All other images are from the Walt Reed Illustration Archive.