the twelve days of Christmas

on the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
an Ayatollah on a prayer spree

on the second day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
two Franciscan nuns
and an Ayatollah on a prayer spree

on the third day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
three pale Jains

on the fourth day…
four Sunni Kurds

on the fifth day…
five Orthodox Greeks

on the sixth day…
six Wiccans spelling

on the seventh day…
seven Sufis spinning

on the eighth day…
eight Quakers shaking

on the ninth day…
nine Pandits chanting

on the tenth day…
ten Jews a–wailing

on the eleventh day…
eleven Baptists bathing

on the twelfth day of Christmas
my true love sent to me
twelve Rastas reefing
eleven Baptists bathing
ten Jews a-wailing
nine Pandits chanting
eight Quakers shaking
seven Sufis spinning
six Wiccans spelling
five Orthodox Greeks
four Sunni Kurds
three pale Jains
two Franciscan nuns
and an Ayatollah on a prayer spree

59 thoughts on “the twelve days of Christmas

  1. amazing – “The 12 Days of Christmas” is a collection of twelve daily Christmas devotionals of Christmas spirit!

    The 12 Days of Christmas topics include:
    • Day One – The Greatest Christmas Gift
    • Day Two – Laugh with Immanuel
    • Day Three – Wonderful Impossibilities
    • Day Four – Make Room for More
    • Day Five – Not Alone at All
    • Day Six – Come as a Child
    • Day Seven – A Christmas Candle
    • Day Eight – Pleasing in Your Sight
    • Day Nine – Eternal Glory
    • Day Ten – Forgiveness Focuses Forward
    • Day Eleven – Hindsight
    • Day Twelve – God Will Direct

  2. “Eight Quakers shaking” and “three pale Jains” are congruent me thinks! A humorous departure on a classic John.

  3. Brilliant! I have removed the star from the top of my imaginary Christmas tree and replaced it with your poem. Nothing can surpass!
    Wishing you all the best in this glorious time of irreverence…..🎶🎵\(°^°)/🎵🎶….;-)

  4. Filled with irreverent wit, John, this is a great ditty. It made me smile whilst also reflecting on the damage, pain and suffering inflicted on us all by organised religion. I admire the way that your writing achieves that. Cheers. Chris.

  5. I hope everybody could be happy, in any religion… but I can’t understand why in the world are so many religions, many times they create hates and wars…I’m agnostic…though I respect all them, I’ve visited many places with different religions and in the places I behaved with respect.
    OOOOOXXXXX for you may dear friend!

  6. John, this is the best gift ever! Most festive! Your humor had me laughing out loud, thank goodness there are not 30 days of Christmas, or I would not be able to get up off the floor. Oh, what a creative mind you have, still laughing, I love it! Please enjoy our holidays!

    Warm wishes,

  7. Aha! I wondered if “pandit” might be a typo for “pundit” and I find they are synonyms. Nice to learn something new every day…Thanks for my new word…Judy (y feliz navidad.)

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