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Twelve Days of Christmas with Bob and Doug McKenzie

Updated on January 2, 2013

Hey Hosers! It's "The 12 Days of Christmas" from the Great White North!

Bob and Doug McKenzie, a.k.a. Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, are hosers from The Great White North, introduced on the third season of the Canadian comedy sketch show SCTV. Their improvised and seriously shortened version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" appears on their album Great White North.

Bob and Doug are soon to be reintroduced to television in the animated show "Bob and Doug" drawn by Animax Entertainment (who created the animated version of this song, below). Rick Moranis will be an executive producer but will not perform; Bob will be voiced instead by comedian, actor, and vocal mimic Dave Coulier of Full House fame.

Photo source: Great White North album cover

Bob & Doug Sing "12 Days of Christmas" Animated Video - animation by Animax Entertainment

"Twelve Days of Christmas" Lyrics

The immortal lyrics of Bob and Doug's 12 days of xmas.

Bob: Okay, good day. This is the Christmas part of the album, you can play this at your Christmas parties, uh, or to yourself on Christmas Eve if there is nothing else to do.

Doug: Good day, eh? In case you thought, like, I wasn't on this part.

Bob: Oh, I guarantee ya, you'd be on.

Doug: Okay, uh, this is our Christmas song, in case ya don't know what to get someone for Christmas.

Doug: There's lots of ideas in here, so listen, and don't get stuck. By the way, that's me on the organ.

Bob: Okay, jeez.

Doug: You start.

Bob: Okay ...

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

~ Beer

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

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and a beer

Bob: 'K ...

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

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and beer

Doug: ... 'K, that should be more there.

Bob: Where?

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

~ 4 pounds of back bacon

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and beer ... ii-in a tree

Bob: Oh.

Doug: See? Ya need more.

Bob: Yeah.

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


~ 4 pounds of back bacon

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and beer ... in a tree

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

~ 6 packs of two-four


~ Bob: Beauty.

~ 4 pounds of back bacon

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and beer in a tree

Bob: Okay.

Doug: Okay?

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

~ 7 packs of smokes

~ Doug: Nice gift. Oh ...

~ 6 packs of two-four


~ 4 pounds of back bacon

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and beer ... in a tree

Bob: Ah man, I keep forgettin'.

Doug: Whew! This should be just the two days of Christmas. It's too hard for us!

Bob: Um ...

Doug: Go, hoser.

Bob: Oh!

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

~ 8 comic books

~ 7 packs of smokes

~ 6 packs of two-four


~ 4 pounds of back bacon

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and beer on my ...

Bob: Wow, that beer's empty. Okay, day ...

Angelic Chorus: TWELVE!

Bob: Ahh, twelve.

Doug: Good day, and welcome to day twelve.

Bob: Yeah.


~ 4 pounds of back bacon

~ 3 french toast

~ 2 turtlenecks

~ and be-ee-er in a tree-ee-ee

Doug: Where did you learn to do that?

Bob: Uh, albums.

Doug: Go'on. So, like, that's our song. Merry Christmas ...

Bob: Merry Christmas!

Doug: ... and good day.

Bob: Good day everybody.

"Great White North" CD - Bob and Doug's original recording remastered

The Birth of Bob and Doug

According to Canadian broadcasting regulations, all Canadian television shows must include a certain amount of Canadian content. SCTV needed Canadian content, so Bob and Doug McKenzie were born.

How to Speak Canadian

Hosers, Toques, and Two-Four

Most countries have their own slanguage, and Canada is no exception. Here is some of the slang used in this song:

toque: pronounced t'yewk; this is a knit cap, sometimes called a toboggan

two-four: pronounced toofer; this is a 24-pack of beer

hoser: pronounced hozer; this is a loser, harking back to the days when the loser of a hockey game would have to hose down the rink

For more Canadian slanguage, check these sites:

How to Understand Canadian Slang

Canadian Slanguage

The McKenzie Brothers, Bob & Doug

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The McKenzie Brothers, Bob & Doug

What ARE the Twelve Days of Christmas?

Bob and Doug contemplate the 12 days of Christmas

This is part of the banter leading up to the song, which was deleted from this video version. But it is very important information!

Bob: Hey, hoser! Here's a quiz ... quiz for Doug.

Doug: Okay, I got my thinking toque on!

Bob: Yeah, right. What are the twelve days of Christmas?

Doug: Um.

Bob: Cuz figure it out, right? Christmas is when?

Doug: The 25th.

Bob: Right. Well, what's the 24th? Christmas Eve, right.

Doug: That's two.

Bob: Then, what's after that?

Doug: Wrestling Day?

Bob: No.

Doug: Boxing Day.

Bob: That's three. Then what's after that? Nothin'.

Doug: New Year's.

Bob: Four.

Doug: New Year's Eve.

Bob: Five. Where d'ya get twelve?

Doug: Uh ... there's two Saturdays and Sundays in there, four. That's nine, and three other days which I believe are the Mystery Days.

Christmas Day is the FIRST day of Christmas, not the last.

The twelve days of Christmas run from Christmas Day to Epiphany, December 25 to January 6, also known as Christmastide. Twelfth Night (of Shakespearean fame) is celebrated on January 5. Epiphany on January 6 is also known as Three Kings Day.

SCTV on DVD - The Second City Television Comedy Show

See where it all began for Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas, Martin Short, Eugene Levy, John Candy, Andrea Martin, Joe Flaherty, and Mary Charlotte Wilcox on Canadian television's finest moments: SCTV: Second City Television Network.

Christmas with SCTV

Strange Brew DVD with Bob and Doug - Bob & Doug's movie


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    • vineliner57 profile image

      Hal Gall 

      6 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I wish they would show the old SCTV shows on TV. They were hilarious!

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      7 years ago

      Fun lens, enjoyed visiting it and can tell you had much fun putting it together!

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      7 years ago

      great tribute you've got here, enjoyed my visit on this tonight! squidliked it!

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      8 years ago

      I always get a good laugh when I hear this song.

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      8 years ago

      Great lense guys!

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      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm going to see if our local radio station will play "12 Days" today.

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      8 years ago

      Great site eh! Thanks for the flashback on how funny Bob and Doug Mackensie were!

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      8 years ago

      @anonymous: YEah man Do it!

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      Natalie W Schorr 

      9 years ago

      Really funny lens! I hope you are well.

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      10 years ago

      Fabulous! I can't count the number of times I've seen Strange Brew:) Now that you mention it, I could do with a beer right about now.....

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      10 years ago

      Very funny take on the old holiday classic... featured on my novelty songs lyrics lens!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      10 years ago from Canada

      I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas is definitely my favorite funny Christmas song, much to the dismay of my family. However, I was a teen-ish-ager when Bob and Doug were I can almost do this song along with them! Can't believe I've missed this lens when I've been visiting your lenses!


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      10 years ago

      Ah, that is hilarious -- Bob & Doug McKenzie singing The 12 Days of Christmas! Funny as it reminds me of a couple of Canadian friends we have. Wishing you a very merry and happy new year!

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      Winter52 LM 

      10 years ago

      You have to admit... Bob and Doug's version is one that is going to stick in your head for quite some time.

      Funny... I haven't heard to yet this year and usually, it's all over the place! :)

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      10 years ago

      This page is a beauty, eh!

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      10 years ago

      I love this song! And the new animated video is great!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      Pretty funny! Living so near to Canada and having traveled across it a couple of times, I relate to a lot of that.


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