How Many Gifts: Multiplication Riddle

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My oldest daughter came home from school and asked us this question.

In the song 12 days of Christmas, how many gifts would you receive?

Most of us are familiar with the words to the 12 Days of Christmas. In fact we can probably sing all the way to the 5th day of Christmas, no problem!

Hmmm... we stood in the kitchen in bewilderment. All of us throwing out our best guesses....  12, 36, 100, 365, 1,000,000,000!

Ok, some some of us had better guesses than others!

Read the words to the song and see if you can figure out the answer.

Stumped? 

or do you say,

"Easy peasy lemon squeezy?"

The answer is--

drumroll, please:

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374!!!

Here's the math behind it all..

1x12= 12

2x11=22

3x10=30

4x9=36

5x8=40

6x7=42

7x6=42

8x5=40

9x4=36

10x3=30

11x2=22

12x1=12

12+22+30+36+40+42+42+40+36+30+22+12= 374

Now THAT'S a lot of gifts!