A friend shared this with me:
In a fit of deliberate obtuseness, I responded by pointing out that in Murney's song, she killed or rejected every gift AS SHE GOT THEM. Her true love should thank the Lord to be rid of that psychotic woman.
Now, I know it's supposed to be a funny song, and it is. It's supposed to happen after she got all the gifts (she has the liturgical calendar completely turned around, confusing Christmastide with Advent). I happen to think it's just a lot funnier to make somebody think it through and realize what's actually being sung.
Now, the Twelve Days of Christmas start with Christmas day, ending yesterday, January 5th. This is followed by today, January 6th, the Epiphany. Look it up. Even if you're Anglican (for whom the Twelve Days are synonymous with Christmastide) they start at sunset on Christmas Eve. Today, January 6th, is the day that the wise men show up with gifts. If I had control over when to give gifts, it would be today, not Christmas day at all!
But that's not important right now.
The point here is that in Julia's song, she most definitely killed or rejected each gift within a day of getting it. Not only that, she started the season out with a fight on the Feast of St. Stephen (aka "boxing day", the day after Christmas. No tidings of comfort and joy from her!). Probably, her true love was sending gifts to appease "Her Royal Vengeance", since she didn't like the partridge she got on Christmas.
About her true love... he probably does a lot of groveling like that. She destroyed gift after gift after gift, and he kept sending them, to the tune of $34 thousand, minimum. That takes a lot of wimpage. He's got some serious co-dependency going on here. Probably didn't get enough approval from Mummy and now he's looking for it from a girlfriend. No wonder she doesn't respect him... he's waaaay too immature. Look at the impractical gifts he sends! I think a few sessions with Doctor Freud are called for.
As for the singer... she needs to go to an AA meeting. Immediately. And get some help with anger management while she's at it.
|Don't bother... no amount of peace offerings will stem her irrational wrath.|
Here's a link to my own (slightly dysfunctional) photo collection of The Twelve Days of Christmas. You can also download the PDF.