12 Days of Christmas - Parenting Edition

This article, entitled 12 Days of Christmas - Parenting Edition comes from Erin Ferris at chasingroots.com

After a particularly challenging day in the world of parenting, I sat down and wrote new lyrics to the festive Christmas carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. Singing it to myself (while rocking back and forth and covering my ears with my hands) helped me feel slightly better.

On the first day of Christmas, my children gave to me: a gigantic apology.

On the second day of Christmas my children gave to me: two broken toes.

On the third day of Christmas my children gave to me: three orange juice spills.

On the fourth day of Christmas my children gave to me: four carpet stains.

On the fifth day of Christmas my children gave to me: five sleepless nights!

On the sixth day of Christmas my children gave to me: six loads of laundry.

On the seventh day of Christmas my children gave to me: seven runny noses.

On the eighth day of Christmas my children gave to me: eight migraine headaches.

On the ninth day of Christmas my children gave to me: nine sibling stand-offs.

On the tenth day of Christmas my children gave to me: ten public meltdowns.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my children gave to me: eleven screaming tantrums.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my children gave to me: enough fodder to fill a song twice this long.

But the next day – when my children awoke on the “right” side of the bed and as a result, the world looked a whole lot brighter to me – I wrote a second set of lyrics to the song. This is the version I hope to continue singing for the remainder of the holiday season.

On the first day of Christmas my children gave to me: enough love to last the whole year.

On the second day of Christmas my children gave to me: two hands to hold.

On the third day of Christmas my children gave to me: three homemade cards.

On the fourth day of Christmas my children gave to me: four great big hugs.

On the fifth day of Christmas my children gave to me: five "I love you"(s)!

On the sixth day of Christmas my children gave to me: six bouquets of flowers.

On the seventh day of Christmas my children gave to me: seven breakfasts in bed.

On the eighth day of Christmas my children gave to me: eight slobbery kisses.

On the ninth day of Christmas my children gave to me: nine ear-to-ear grins.

On the tenth day of Christmas my children gave to me: ten joyful giggles.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my children gave to me: eleven bedtime cuddles.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my children gave to me: twelve morning snuggles.

I wish you the most joyous of holiday seasons, one full of cuddles and giggles, hugs and kisses, and enough love to last the whole year.



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Erin Ferris
My name is Erin, and I’m a wife, mother, and writer living in College Station, Texas.
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