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5 Fun (or Geeky) Takes on “12 Days of Christmas”

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Note: this article was also published on Contents May Vary.

It’s that time of the year again, where every store you go into has Christmas music playing. And while there does tend to be a good batch to listen to, there’s one song that can divide a caroling party into a fight worthy of West Side Story.

“The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a carol from 1780 and thought to be French in origin. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) It, of course, covers the eponymous days, which start Christmas day and are said to be the days it took the Wise Men to get to Jesus with their unusual baby shower gifts. And while the cumulative nature of the song was probably some 1700 way of keeping a song going, in 2017 it just means the song tends to get old, fast.

But anyone who knows me knows I enjoy a good fun cover song. This song is no exception. So here are five fun (or geeky) covers of “12 Days of Christmas”. And I apologize in advance if this gets the song stuck in your head.

Taking It With Humour

When I was in the 4th grade, my classroom did the project where we had to figure out how much actually sending the gifts mentioned would cost. The project included ways to figure out the more nebulous things (like ladies dancing or lords a’leaping). And in fact, every year, the PNC calculates the “Christmas Price Index”. (Here’s a link to what it would cost in 2017.)

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May the Force Be With You: Star Wars 40th Anniversary

A few years ago, I worked at a summer camp. There was a particular child at this summer camp that came in every day clad in Star Wars shirts and shoes. It impressed the staff and was a testament that is possible to parent while instilling a healthy geek background.

Obviously, the child hadn’t even been born when A New Hope came out in 1977. What has always been impressive about the Star Wars universe is its ability to remain relevant to generations that followed.

My fondest memory is when I used my dad’s metallic basketball pump as a lightsaber. It got dinged up, a lot, as I waved it around whacking into other things, pretending I was battling Darth Vader.

I was not a girly-girly. I liked Sailor Moon but prior to that, I fancied myself a Jedi.

Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher, RIP) was kickass. I mean, when we first see her or really hear her speak she’s Darth Vader’s prisoner. But she’s not small. She’s not scared. She’s defiant. She’s everything women want to be when surrounded by men who want to destroy her world (literally).

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Tea & Review – Rogue One: A One and Done Star Wars Story

Editor’s Note: The podcast contains spoilers. The written review is spoiler free. 

In today’s world, we live a society that loves to exploit popular franchises to the max.

Example: The Hobbit,  one book that ended up being 3 movies of excessiveness.

Hunger Games, cutting the last book in 2 parts for no good reason at all.

Hollywood loves to pull at our wallets till we’re broke. It has become a norm to say at the end of a film, “Well, I guess we have to wait a year to find out what happens!”

This is why I love, absolutely love Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Rogue One is exactly as promised: a self-contained story that doesn’t pull us into its depths to have us get emotionally invested in the characters and then leave you wanting more.

Rogue One drops us into the Star Wars franchise between the Episode 3 (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode 4 (A New Hope). Because Rogue One exists outside of the known canon of the franchise the storyline is given a lot of latitudes.

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Rogue One Trailer: Equal Representation in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Holy Pumpkin Pie, Batman! The new Rogue One trailer is here!

Not gonna lie. The very first teaser trailer gave me chills.

CHILLS.

Granted, I’m not as far in the nerd-dom as I would like I am extremely amped for this movie to come out.

The general feel of a first trailer felt very vintage. Which is good, since the story takes place way before the beginning of A New Hope. While the teaser trailer and first trailer gives us a glorious taste of what is to come this week we got a longer, in-depth look at the plot of the story.

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