A very special version of “The 12 Days of Christmas”

Our 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, sometimes gets ideas that I brush off. “Oh, I want to make a movie.” “Oh, I might want to be a sketch artist someday.” They’re generally vague things without a lot of practical concept behind them.

When she sticks to an idea for more than a day or so, though, we start to listen and really work with her on it. Sometimes, though, she gets even more self-directed, like she did when we were trimming our house for Christmas.

I didn’t pay too much attention when she sat down with a notepad and pencil and 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, she was writing out what you see above.

Check out the full version on Our School at Home, complete with an explanation of how lottery tickets fit in!


My name is Joan and I'm a lifelong Yorker. Throughout high school and college, I swore I was getting out of here as soon as possible. Now, a few years later, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be. I love my town, and I hear every day from readers who love their towns, too. So please, connect with me and let's share what makes life in York County great. I'm here to help you enjoy this place as much as I do!

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