Dime Show Review just published my flash fiction "Two Turtledoves." The inspiration for this story is obvious. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is the most annoying Christmas song ever. Kids like it because it repeats.
I think kids also like repetitive songs because they know they're annoying. I remember singing "Ninety-nine Bottles of Beer on the Wall" on the bus during a grade school field trip. We got all the way through the ninety-nine verses to"No bottles of beer on the wall/No bottles of beer/Go to the store/Get some more/Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall" and were about to start all over when the teacher got up and told us that we had to stop. He looked exhausted. We felt triumphant, powerful.
I was going to link here to another story I wrote with a Christmas carol title, "Friendly Beasts." Unfortunately, though, the journal that published it online has apparently ceased publication, and their website is defunct. Instead, I'll link to a more positive essay on singing, "Wunnerful, Wunnerful, Fabulous" in r.kv.r.y.
Ann Hillesland writes fiction and essays. Her work has appeared in many literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Bayou, The Laurel Review, and Sou’wester.
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