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The Twelve Days of Christmas: a Parody

Updated on February 18, 2017

The Twelve Cats of Yuletide...

Introduction

This bit of nonsense came to me after listening to a "12 Days..." parody on the late-night Jimmy Fallon show that aired December 21st, 2011.

We have recently acquired 2 new kittens, bringing our total cat-count up to 6. The newcomers were supposed to be fostered, but they stole our hearts, and we adopted them ourselves! They would be Lil' Miss Fuzz, and her sister, Bobbie, whose pictures appear below.

Since we are experienced cat-owners (er...the cats have just corrected me--cat servants), we are well familiar with the sort of havoc they can wreak.

Despite their talent and penchant for mischief, they never fail to deliver a smile or offer purry comfort. So, with tongue-in-cheek, and love in my heart, I dedicate this spoof to my darling kitty-cats.

Tigger

Our dear Tigger, a fluffy Maine Coon mix, sadly went to the Rainbow Bridge in April of 2016
Our dear Tigger, a fluffy Maine Coon mix, sadly went to the Rainbow Bridge in April of 2016

The Tune is Somehow Familiar...

You know this old tune--join in and sing along! For you doggy-owners, feel free to change "cat" to "dog" where needed, but I don't know what to tell you about the purring references. ;-)

Lil' Miss Fuzz

Lil' Miss Fuzz, an adorable pocket-sized ball of fluff when this piece was written, is now a regal, color-pointed doll, her Siamese traits quite clear.
Lil' Miss Fuzz, an adorable pocket-sized ball of fluff when this piece was written, is now a regal, color-pointed doll, her Siamese traits quite clear.

Ready, Set, Sing!

On the first day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

One purring cuddlepile,

On the second day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Two unplugged light strings,

On the third day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Three mangled garlands,

On the fourth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Four underfoot cats,

Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw Puzzle, a direct rescue, came to us for aid in 2007, with an injury to his side.  He's since made himself quite at home
Jigsaw Puzzle, a direct rescue, came to us for aid in 2007, with an injury to his side. He's since made himself quite at home

(Here's the Big Operatic Interlude)

On the fifth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Fi-i-i-i-i-i-ve stepped-on ta-a-a-i-i-i-ls...

On the Sixth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Six cats a-yowling,

On the seventh day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Seven stolen cheese cubes,

On the eighth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Eight shredded presents,

Munchkin

Munchkin was adopted in 2004, and is now, (as of 2016) the most senior cat in the home
Munchkin was adopted in 2004, and is now, (as of 2016) the most senior cat in the home

On the ninth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Nine spilled egg nogs,

On the tenth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Ten missing ribbons,

Bobbie

Bobbie, sister of Lil' Miss Fuzz, still has the blue eyes, but is more pure white, with just a hint of flame point coloring
Bobbie, sister of Lil' Miss Fuzz, still has the blue eyes, but is more pure white, with just a hint of flame point coloring

On the eleventh day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Eleven Broken ornaments,

Patches

Patches, who was the senior matriarch of our kitty clan, sadly went to the Rainbow Bridge in March of 2015
Patches, who was the senior matriarch of our kitty clan, sadly went to the Rainbow Bridge in March of 2015

Now For the Big Finale...

On the twelfth day of Yuletide, my cats arranged for me,

Twelve hissy-fits,

Eleven broken ornaments,

Ten missing ribbons,

Nine spilled egg nogs,

Eight shredded presents,

Seven stolen cheese cubes,

Six cats a-yowling,

Fi-i-i-i-i-ve stepped-on ta-a-a-i-i-i-ls,

Four underfoot cats,

Three mangled garlands,

Two unplugged light strings,

and a Pretty Purring Cudd-l-l-l-le Pi-i-i-i-le.

Our Yuletide Decor

Source

HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello there, epigramman--

    Thank you so much for the huge compliment--coming from Hub Pages foremost 'penner of poetic parody' is the ne plus ultra of flattery.

    I'm delighted that you had such fun with this bit of silliness. Thanks so very much for the share; much appreciated!

    I hope your kitty enjoyed his very early morning walk. That's not my time of day, but the cats sure think we should be up by then, eh?

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    epigramman 5 years ago

    ...best hub of all time and I'm all dizzy Miss Lizzy because of it - lol - this will be posted on my Facebook page with a direct link back here so all of my cat loving friends can see it - there are pictures of my two cats Little Miss Tiffy (the diva in the picture and my mum's cat) and Mister Gabriel a white deaf cat who loves his leash and going for walks with me - lake erie time ontario canada 6:27am - will come back later on in the day to check out some of your other hubs too - hope all is well with you and happy new year!!!!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, randomcreative--

    Glad you enjoyed it. Thank you so much!

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Really funny idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, homesteadbound!

    Thanks very much--I'm glad you had such fun with the piece. Lil' Miss Fuzz is also my hubby's favorite. It was she who stole his heart and caused us to adopt her and her sister, rendering us as "failed fosters." ;-)

    All the best for the coming year to you and yours!

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    Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

    It's two days after Christmas but I just sang it to my husband. I loved it! Kitties and me wishing you and yours all the best.

    Little Miss Fuzz is my fav!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Nell--Thank you so very much. I'm pleased you enjoyed my craziness. Warm wishes for the new year to you and yours!

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    Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

    Hi, Aw! this was lovely! lol! I love cats, and it sounds like they had a great Christmas! have a great New Year!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, RTalloni--

    Yes, absolutely worth it! Our cats are our only remaining link to sanity in this crazy-mixed-up world!

    I'm so glad your kitties enjoyed the tale of mischief from their brothers and sisters in fur! ;-)

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    RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

    Cute stuff--my cat loved it! Life with cats is ... worth it, yes? :)

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi, Angie--

    LOL, oh, but of course the holidays are only for cats, and our lot as their mere servants to obligingly follow along picking up the pieces lest they hurt their dainty paws on the next go-round!

    Hee hee hee....thanks so much for adding your priceless commentary...it's good to start the day with a chuckle.

    Happy Holidays to you and all of yours as well.

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    Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

    The Toof couldn't understand why you were making such a fuss about the shreds and spills ... after all Christmas is only for cats, right?

    But you're only one us us lesser mortals like me, I s'pose ... ah well, I'll just go and pick the Christmas tree up again.

    Fun hub, Dzy ... it's so reassuring to know I am not the only nutter on the planet ; )

    Have a very Merry Christmas ... with love from ye olde England.

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Cobra--

    If you mean it needs a tune--it shares the tune to "The Twelve Days of Christmas," but if you mean it needs to be recorded in a studio--I lack the equipment.. ;-)

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    Cobra 5 years ago

    this needs to be set to music, so all the cat lovers world wide can enjoy it.

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Seeker7--

    Thank you so much for such high praise! I had fun writing this, and I'm delighted that you enjoyed it so much. I tell you, there are times when these 6 "little angels" seem like a full dozen.... ;-)

    Thanks for the votes, and a very happy holiday season to you and yours as well!

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    Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    This is absolutely brilliant!! I've read it a few times over just for the sheer joy of it - and to look at the beautiful kitties again!! The photographs are so cute!!

    I loved your wonderful piece of Christmas 'nonsense'!! Hope you and your kitties have a wonderful Christmas. Voted up + funny + awesome!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hello, Debra--I'm so pleased you enjoyed this bit of fluffy fun. Thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know it struck a chord.

    (And that's an adorable kitty you have there...)

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    Debra Charney 5 years ago from United States

    The cat person that I am, I just absolutely loved it!!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    @ capricorn rising--I'm so sorry to hear of your allergy to these wonderful furry companions, but pleased I was able to let you enjoy them vicariously. Thanks so much for your comment!

    @ Stephanie--Thank you very much, and no, we have a small artificial tree this year, with only shatterproof ornaments, and the tree is tied to a slatted patio table with cable ties, otherwise, it proably would have been knocked over!

    @ mathira--Thanks for stopping by.

    @ Feline Prophet--Hello, and thanks for that cute idea. Except for just one of the cats, (and only at feeding time), none of them are very vocal. Their purrs are wonderful, but not loud enough to be captured on video. I'm glad you liked the parody.

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    Feline Prophet 5 years ago

    Hehe...it would be a treat to hear this from your kitty choir! :)

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    mathira 5 years ago from chennai

    Meow meow pussy cat.

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    Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

    This is so cute and funny - just a purrrfect Yuletide song for cat owners! You're probably lucky that they haven't tipped the tree over! Happy holidays to you and all of your furry friends!

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    capricornrising 5 years ago from Wilmington, NC

    I'm allergic to cats, but I still think this was adorable! Have a Happy Holidays!

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    Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Hi there, Hillbilly Zen!

    Wow--you're fast! Thanks much--glad I was able to offer a chuckle, and thanks very much for the votes! Purrs from the kitties, and a very merry holiday season to you and yours!

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    Hillbilly Zen 5 years ago from Kentucky

    This is great, Ms. Lizzy! Voted up, funny and awesome - and a very Meowy Christmas from me and my felines to you and yours!