Twelfth Day - The Lost Christmas Blog

I had meant to post this during the Twelve Days of Christmas,
but as they say, "time and the tide wait for no man."

And, alas, time slipped away, and I assume the tides slipped away as well. So, since some readers out there are no doubt in "take down Christmas decorations mode" during this second Sunday in January, I figured there's no time like the present to post this before it reaches the point of being shelved until next Christmas season. I thank you for your kind attention. Now, on with the blog...

Twelfth Day 

Last year at about this time I blogged the following:

"These are the days I like best ... the twelve days of Christmas that begin after the chaos of December 24 & 25 and which run up to the Epiphany of January 6. I remember being told at an early age by my Italian grandmother that "Little Christmas," or Epiphany, was the most important day of the season in a religious sense. It was, after all, the day when the Three Wise Men arrived on the scene with their gold, frankincense, and myrrh ... and truffles, cheesecake, and raisins dipped in white chocolate."

- from "Smoked Beef & Cheese" 12/27/06

{Note how I make sure to the put my earlier text in quotes and italics to symbolize that I am borrowing this text from a previously published work ... after all, I don't want to have to sue myself for plagiarism. That could get really messy, and damn confusing. For instance, a couple of years ago I took myself to small claims court for reimbursement of medical bills after my right hand accidentally struck the thumb of my left hand with a hammer. After that whole ordeal I didn't speak to myself for six months, which really made for an uncomfortable holiday season because everywhere I turned there I was! I couldn't get away from myself. Talk about awkward!}

So, as we navigate our way through the Twelve Days of Christmas for the 2007/2008 Christmas season, I offer up the following contemporary version of the classic song "The 12 Days of Christmas."* We'll start on the twelfth and final day, so not to put the reader through any undue Day 1-thru-11 torture that the song tends to unleash upon the poor Christmas song listener.

...And on the Twelfth Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

12 emails from Eddie Bauer (offering savings of up to 50% during the holiday season ... and Sweaters - Buy One Get One Free! What a deal!) Note: the number of emails received has since swelled to a whopping 21 from November 29th to two emails received on January 10th - both offering 50% off winter sweaters.

11 degrees Fahrenheit outside when I awoke this morning (obviously, I wrote this line a few weeks ago!)

10 percent annual rate on my credit card (to be more exact, 9.990% on standard purchases; 22.240% on advances; but I'm earning tons and tons of "Thank You Bonus Points"!)

9 LL Bean Catalogs received during the holiday season (including the following: "Christmas 2007," "Guide to Christmas Gifts," "Christmas Gift Guide," "Holiday 2007," "Christmas Favorites," and "Guide to Winter Warmth").

8 pounds gained between Thanksgiving and New Years! But I've given up breakfast and lunch throughout the month of January, so I should be back down to fighting weight in no time.

7 and Seven -- heavy on the first Seven, light on the second Seven, three ice cubes, stir, enjoy!

12days1_3006 pack of Samuel Adams stout (to chase the Seven and Seven)

5 GO-DI-VA CHOCOLATES!!!!

4 Calling cards, 3 Fruit Cakes, 2 Turkey drumsticks ... and a part that doesn't quite fit anywhere on this little red wagon that I just put together for my nephew! (Hopefully the part isn't important!)

I know, I know ... lame Twelve Days of Christmas blog. Sorry, but it's the best I can muster after a tiring Christmas/holiday season. I'm definitely in need of "a long winter's nap"** right after the Twelfth Night*** festivities.

Jack Sheedy

* "12 Days of Christmas" is an old English carol with music and lyrics dating from the 16th and 18th centuries.

** From "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (a/k/a "A Visit from St. Nicholas") by Clement C. Moore (1779-1863)

*** Twelfth Night is the evening of the Epiphany, which in earlier times was cause for great celebration and wassailing. "Twelfth Night" is also the title of a play by Shakespeare, a comedy which takes place on the Epiphany. And Twelve Men on the Field is a penalty in football, usually resulting in a five-yard penalty.

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