"The 12 Dogs of Christmas," one of our old favorites. (I mean, like, as old as Sarah!)
She read it aloud to us, then we played the CD with its, uh, interesting rendition of the song, and then Sarah sat down with the book and a notebook and pencil.
I was still decorating, so I admit, I didn't pay too much attention, even when she said, "I'm going to write my own '12 Days of Christmas.'"
It was easily an hour or so later that she said, "Wow, Day 11, almost done!" And I thought... wait, what is she doing?
Well, this was it (click the image to see a bigger version!)
The final tally?
- 12 castles
- 11 Xbox 360s
- 10 CDs
- 9 candy bars
- 8 chocolate bars
- 7 DS games
- 6 hundred dollars
- 5 golden cars
- 4 million dollars
- 3 lottery tickets
- 2 elves
- 1 hermit crab
- ... and a partridge in a pear tree!
(If you're not from Pennsylvania, you might not understand why #3 would come to mind for a 12-year-old. Rest assured, no future gambling addicts here! We have a reallllllly long-running commercial to the tune of this song for the Pennsylvania Lottery, and I admit we were singing it right before she started writing this!)
She proudly handed over the finished product to my husband, who did a wonderful dramatic reading/singing presentation of it. Then, she handed it to me and said, "You can blog this!"