Posted by: mdmusingsie | December 16, 2011

My 12 Days of Christmas

Just about everyone knows the 12 Days of Christmas song, and they even tally the cost each year (in the US, anyway) to show how much you would have to spend to deliver all the gifts.  I don’t necessarily agree with the way they interpret the song – that on each subsequent day you get that day’s gift plus all the other gifts from the previous days again, as well.  What would you do with 22 pipers, 30 leaping lords, 36 dancing ladies, etc?  You would definitely need all 42 geese and 30 French hens to feed all those people.  Do the milking maids come with their own cows?  Let’s hope you have a sizeable house/estate to put all those people, animals, trees, and other gifts. In this economy, few are likely to be able to afford 5 golden rings let alone 40, if you use the cumulative method, though at the price of gold, take them if you can get them.

For those who may not know, the twelve days are supposed to start either on Christmas Day or the day after and run through Epiphany (January 5 or 6 depending on when you start).  I’ve actually heard of people who give a gift to each person in their family throughout the entire twelve days.  It might actually be a better method, assuming you can afford twelve gifts.  Children often get so many things at Christmas, they have no idea which to play with first.  Therefore, spreading them out over the multiple days would guarantee at least some quality time with each item.

After another fruitless trip to the shops looking for an item not (easily or at all) found over here in Ireland, I decided to write my own twelve days wish list.  Oddly, it wasn’t as easy as it sounds coming up with the items.  One was easy and could have been several things, and so were 10-12, but the rest moved around a bit as I came up with new ideas.  With the exception of #5 (and maybe 3), I did stick with mostly modest, tangible items, instead of ones that require some kind of divine intervention (e.g. peace on earth, winning the lotto, more hours in a day, longer legs, finding Mr. Right, etc.).  Just one gift per day would be sufficient – I don’t need the cumulative method (and would probably re-arrange things under those circumstances).  I’m sure it will change from year to year, but here’s the 2011 version.

  1. Tumble Dryer
  2. Bottles of Karo Corn Syrup
  3. Bedroom semi (or detached) home with a river/sea/ocean view (note: 1 home with 3 bedrooms, not 3 homes)
  4. Bags of mini Reeses peanut butter cups (preferably white chocolate)
  5. Book publishing contract (covering my series of novels)
  6. Bags Heath Bar baking pieces
  7. Boxes of Kraft Easy Mac
  8. Bottles of Cranberry Juice (without sugar – they only have the sugared variety here)
  9. Trader Joe’s Pound + chocolate bars (5 dark, 4 milk)
  10. Packets of McCormick Spice mixes (6-Thick and Zesty Spaghetti Sauce, 2-chili, 2-enchilada)
  11. Boxes of Puffs facial tissue
  12. Bags of Guittard Chocolate Chips (9 semi-sweet and 3 white chocolate)

Just for fun, take a few minutes and write your own 12 days wish list.  Post them as a comment; it would be interesting to find out what other folks are wishing for this Christmas.


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