The Aussie 12 Days of Christmas

Hi! If you like this song, you may also like my version of Aussie Jingle Bells.

This is my first post in a while. I’ve had a lot on my mind recently; I’ve been ill for most of the year now and if that wasn’t  a big enough distraction, we had a fire last week that destroyed a lot of property in our block.

The fire was scary but it could have been much worse; this was the third major fire we’ve had in several years. Eventually something serious is going to happen but getting our strata to fix it is proving very difficult.

Because of that I haven’t felt up to posting until now, but I wanted to do a Christmas post. I enjoy the time of year and I have a lot of fond memories of past Christmases with my family; hot and summery and typically Australian.

So I came up with this Aussie take on a Christmas classic. Hope you enjoy it; it was a lot of fun to write. 😉

Surfing Santa

On the first day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
A kookaburra in a gum tree

On the second day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the third day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the fourth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the fifth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the sixth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the seventh day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Seven koalas a-sleeping
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the eighth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Eight emus a-running
Seven koalas a-sleeping
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the ninth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Nine sharks a-biting
Eight emus a-running
Seven koalas a-sleeping
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the tenth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Ten echidnas a-digging
Nine sharks a-biting
Eight emus a-running
Seven koalas a-sleeping
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Eleven possums a-playing
Ten echidnas a-digging
Nine sharks a-biting
Eight emus a-running
Seven koalas a-sleeping
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My good mate sent to me
Twelve wombats a-wambling
Eleven possums a-playing
Ten echidnas a-digging
Nine sharks a-biting
Eight emus a-running
Seven koalas a-sleeping
Six kangaroos a-hopping
Five Russell Crowes
Four cockatoos
Three black swans
Two platypuses
And a kookaburra in a gum tree!

Update: It’s December 25th now so I just wanted to add that I hope everyone has a joyous Christmas and my sincerest wishes for a peaceful and safe New Year. I’ll see you all in a couple of days. 😉

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11 thoughts on “The Aussie 12 Days of Christmas

  1. WELCOME back. Glad that you are kicking back with double strength… Have missed you immensely. I tend to go up and down with postings… seems there will be a wave of inspirtion and much to write/communicate. Then the wave crashes and I am on the bottom dodging sharp coral reefs.

  2. Well, now you’ve done it! Made me giggle in the middle of the night, that is. 🙂 Your weather reminds me of my year in Hawaii. In December, people walked about in their Hawaiian shirts and shorts whilst decorating their homes with snowflakes and pinecones.
    It is quite cool in my desert home, now, but nothing like some parts of my country and Canada; brrrr!
    I think it’s brilliant of you to bring in all those uniquely Aussie animals—and Russell Crowe (or does he count in the first category as well?) 😉
    Happy holidays, cj. Please be as well as you can, and stay away from wayward electricity!!!

  3. Hi Dina, thanks! It was difficult to come up with some of the names but it was fun to write as well, so I’m glad you liked it! I’ll have to do another one next year if I remember. Maybe Jingle Bells. 🙂


    Thanks, Deb. It’s good to be posting again; I’ve missed it, although I go through my ups and downs as well. Blogging is very much idea-driven for me, much like writing is as well; if I’m distracted it’s very hard to find the necessary inspiration.

    There are a few things I want to write about and I think I’ve been expecting too much from myself, so I’m looking forward to catching up. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. 😉


    I’m glad you liked it, Muse! It seemed like a good song to have some fun with and I couldn’t resist putting Russell Crowe in there somewhere! He seemed to suit it. 😉

    We are quite like that with Christmas. It’s strange; we enjoy hot weather and a barbecue, but at the same time we buy wintry scenes and listen to the same music about snow and many of us would love to see a white Christmas. I’m lucky that I experienced it as a child but a warm Christmas is such a part of who I am now that I wouldn’t want it any other way.

    I’ll try to stay away from the electricity but I just hope it gets fixed! You’d think three fires would be enough but I guess not. Maybe Santa will fix it.

    Hope you have a joyous festive season, Muse, and all the best for a blessed New Year. 🙂

  4. CJ (SantaBeach), I wish u for 2009 a year of ABUNDANCE IN ALL ASPECTS!!…Hope that Santa Claus brings u happiness all year around..Ur books are sold thousand of copies all over the world and it brings along with it full of positive outcomes…

    SantaHills

  5. Thank you, Colourful – or should I say, SantaHills? 😉 It’s interesting just how different the celebrations are in our parts of the world, isn’t it? They’re so different – a time of snow for you, sunshine for us – and yet there is still so much that’s similar as well about what it means to us… that’s what’s always so wonderful about this time of year.

    I hope you’ve had a wonderful festive season and I wish you many blessings for a peaceful New Year. I’m sure 2009 will bring you every joy and success you could wish for.

  6. Happy New Year to you too, Ella! I hope you have a wonderful and peaceful 2009. And the chocolate sounds good! I could go for a Mars bar right about now. Yum. 😉


    Happy New Year, Muse! I quite like 2009 so far but it still feels like 2008 to me. It always take a while to sink in. 🙂 I wish you a joyous and peaceful year ahead.

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