It’s December 13th, so is this the first day of Christmas?
Is that how it works?
As we hurtle along the I-40, the speaker — a radio DJ on Sirius — isn’t accessible for correction, but no, that’s not how the 12 days of Christmas work. I understand the confusion. I tend to see Christmas Day as the culmination of a season of plenty of plenty, but the 12 days start on Christmas Day. Signalling the start of something else, perhaps?
Last year’s video celebrated a select few of our 150 National Treasures — a Canada-wide perspective. This year’s version limits itself to celebrating a few of the wonders of my current home, Ottawa: the apolitical aspects, at least.
Never mind the irritatingly bouncy melody. Try not to be bothered by the forced cheeriness as well as the forced rhythm of the lyrics (mine or the original). Just relax and enjoy this new take on a traditional Christmas classic. Sing along, if you like.
Above all, enjoy Christmas Day this year. May it be the start of something new for yourself and for us all.