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Alaskan Twelve Days of Christmas

Thirty years ago, my dad and my Uncle Doug wrote out the lyrics, which should of course be sung to the familiar tune… I did a little sketch to go with it, was going to do more and decided that would be too many images in one post! Enjoy! 

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

Twelve huskies mushing;
Eleven trappers trapping;
Ten Bush planes flying;
Nine Natives dancing;
Eight moose in hiding;
Seven whooping cranes;
Six bears a-charging;
Five nugget rings;
Four ptarmigan;
Three spruce hens;
Two red squirrels;
and a cartridge in a bare tree!
By Doug Fales and Greg Sanderson
Feb. 1, 1988
Tok, Alaska

11 thoughts on “Alaskan Twelve Days of Christmas

    1. Lol!

      This came up in a conversation elsewhere, so I asked Mom for the lyrics, then posted it as people wanted to be able to share it. It’s not something I’d normally do on the blog, but it’s fun.

  1. I don’t know if you remember what prompted them to come up with the lyrics — Northstar Cafe had a bare branch with a cartridge hanging from it set up just inside the door. That was the cartridge in a bare tree. The rest of it went from there.

  2. Haha! Very good. Such a flexible song. 😀

    Back in the era of AOL-by-the-hour, I spewed forth a Randomly Misheard Lyrics version:

    Twelve Rummers Drinking
    Eleven Pikers Stabbing
    Ten Lords a-Leaking
    Nine Ladies Dangling
    Eight Maids a-Shirking
    Seven Swans a-Sinking
    Six Geezers Slaying
    Five Hours Online!
    Four Falling Birds
    Three French Men
    Two Curdled Doves
    and a Cartridge for my HP!

    I keep meaning to make sketches for each line…

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