I have always loved The Twelve Days of Christmas song. The song seems to have originated and been spread throughout Europe by French minstrels in the 12th Century. But I also recently discovered that it was played as a game over the festive period.

The game was played in rounds. Each person sang about adding a gift and then repeated all the previous gifts, in the correct order, before everyone sang the refrain together at the end “..and a partridge in a pear tree”. If you failed to remember every gift, in the correct order, you paid a forfeit (for instance a kiss).

Apparently, it was common to add more than 12 gifts to the song, so the list became very long and easily misremembered, until only one person remained who remembered them all.