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Advent 2008: The Twelve Days of Christmas

When I was a wee bairn, one of my favorite record albums was Christmas with the Chipmunks Vol. 2, a collection of Christmas tunes performed by, you guessed it, Alvin and the Chipmunks. One of the reasons I liked it so much was that it featured an absolutely hysterical version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas." Although I wouldn't have been able to define it as such at the time, it was perhaps the earliest example of metatextual humor I'd ever encountered, or at least the earliest such example I recognized and understood. I still think it's awfully funny.

Incidentally, this whole Twelve Days of Christmas thing is kind of confusing. As best I can figure, the days of Christmas are measured from sundown on Christmas Day. That's why Twelfth Night is observed on January 5 but Twelfth Day, a.k.a. the Feast of the Epiphany, on January 6. So depending on when you're reading this, it's either ninth day or tenth night of Christmas. Wacky!

Alvin and the Chipmunks with David Seville - The Twelve Days of Christmas (MP3, 4.0MB)

Previous Advent posts:

2004: "The Ballad of Befana
2005: The Adoration of the Magi
2006: New Year Greeting
2007: from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, chapter twenty-three: 'Christmas on the Closed Ward'
2008: Skating Race
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