Why The 12 Days of Christmas Are Overrated

Why the '12 Days of Christmas' is Overrated
Why the '12 Days of Christmas' is Overrated
12 Drummers Drumming
12 Drummers Drumming
Nobody wants their very own marching band, especially if it's only the drums. Anyone with that much interest in drumming for a marching band would just do it themselves, right? Hard to believe anyone would want an actual band of drummers following them around everywhere. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
(Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)
(Fred Tanneau/AFP/Getty Images)
10 Lords-a-Leaping
10 Lords-a-Leaping
What is this gift anyway? A bunch of weird-looking dudes just jumping around everywhere? Could be funny and entertaining at first, but it gets to a point where it's just obnoxious. If you really are the person's true love, you won't subject him or her to this. (Photo credit should read THOMAS LOHNES/AFP/Getty Images)
9 Ladies Dancing
9 Ladies Dancing
Now of course there could be some exceptions where this gift could be acceptable, like if the dancing ladies were of the, ahem, "exotic" type...But if it's just some ballet dancers, we'll take our significant others to a Broadway musical if we really want to see that, thank you very much. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
8 Maids-a-Milking
8 Maids-a-Milking
Having even one, let alone EIGHT cows milked in your home can only lead to a lack of cleanliness and space. Not to mention, the stench alone would stop anybody from ever wanting to come over again. And do we need to pay these ladies? Doesn't seem practical when we can just get milk at the supermarket. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images)
7 Swans-a-Swimming
7 Swans-a-Swimming
Okay, we admit this might be kind of cool at first...But still, they're friggin' swans. Not pets. How do we know they're not just going to swim off into the sunset never to be seen again? Just doesn't seem worth the purchase, even for a few seconds of glory. (Roland Magunia/AFP/Getty Images)
6 Geese-a-Laying
6 Geese-a-Laying
This one is obvious. Gaggles of geese just constantly squawking, pooping and laying eggs everywhere? No thanks. And after the geese lay all those eggs, what do you end up with? MORE GEESE! (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
5 Golden Rings
5 Golden Rings
Key word: "golden." Just because the rings are "golden" doesn't mean they're actually made of gold. If you get 5 plastic rings covered in gold spray paint, what do you get besides the cheapest part of a pimp Halloween costume? Also, the fact that the song puts by far the most emphasis on this part is a little suspicious... (Oscar Rivera/AFP/Getty Images)
4 Calling Birds
4 Calling Birds
This gift sucks partly for the same reason the geese would. Who wants four bitchy birds screeching in their face all the time? Even if they sing a pretty song for you, it would get pretty repetitive after a few times. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
3 French Hens
3 French Hens
Anyone who needs hens probably already has some. And as far as wanting hens...Well, let's just say they're pretty low on the list of desired pets. Probably somewhere between a skunk and an armadillo. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)
2 Turtle Doves
2 Turtle Doves
Now while turtle doves are a popular symbol of love and friendship, these things are still descendants of pigeons. You wouldn't want to have any turtle doves around if it means their ugly, annoying cousins are all going to show up and eat all the food and make a mess and just generally ruin the party. (Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images)
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
A Partridge in a Pear Tree
Putting aside for a moment that the only known use of partridges by humans is in hunting...A pear tree!? Really??? You couldn't at least get a lemon tree? Didn't need to be apples or oranges, but there are still plenty better fruits that grow on trees. And if a hunter comes out of nowhere and shoots your poor partridge down, you're left with just a dead bird and a bunch of pears. Worst Christmas present ever. (Yuri Corteza/AFP/Getty Images)
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