Christmas myth debunked
For a few Christmases, our extremely unmusical family would attempt to sing "The 12 Days of Christmas." It was painful to listen to, but it inevitably turned into a good opportunity for laughter—such as when my Polish grandmother sang "three Polish hens" rather than French hens.
Turns out we could have been making a mockery of a secret Catholic catechetical tool. An e-mail forward claims the infamous song was used by Catholics oppressed by the British to teach the faith, though a quick Internet search shows that the origin of "The 12 Days of Christmas" is uncertain.