Celebrate Christmas by singing with Farm and Dairy

Last year we asked Farm and Dairy readers to write their own version of the classic Christmas poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, and we had some great responses! Some of your poems were funny, others were poignant, but all were wonderful to read.

We had so much fun reading your poems that we’re doing it again! This time, however, we’re asking for your version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

Here’s the original version, first published as part of a 1780 children’s book titled Mirth without Mischief:

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me:

  • 12 lords-a-leaping
  • 11 ladies dancing
  • 10 pipers piping
  • 9 drummers drumming
  • 8 maids-a-milking
  • 7 swans-a-swiming
  • 6 geese-a-laying
  • 5 golden rings
  • 4 colly birds
  • 3 French hens
  • 2 turtle doves
  • …and a partridge in a pear-tree

Simply write your own version of The Twelve Days of Christmas by beginning it with “On the first day of Christmas my farm love/wife/farmer gave to me..”

You can either email us a copy at editorial@farmanddairy.com or mail us a copy to 12 Days of Christmas, Farm and Dairy, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 18, 2013. Your songs will be published in the Dec. 26 issue of Farm and Dairy.

Happy writing!

About the Author

Will Flannigan is Farm and Dairy's online editor. He grew up in Salem, Ohio, and is new to the agricultural scene. Will enjoys hiking, community theater and learning new things. More Stories by Will Flannigan

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