12 Days of (Kenyan) Christmas

As we were driving home yesterday from a Christmas Eve party at a local orphanage, our children passed the time by singing Christmas carols.  One of these was The 12 Days of Christmas, during which they humored us with a little improv – thus my motivation to create a Kenyan version of this well known tune.  Those who have lived in Kenya should have an appreciation.  For those who have not, I’ve added some pictures for clarification.  Clear your throats and sing along …

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a family on a piki (pronounced pee-kee)

piki

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two cups of chai …

Chai

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three pot holes …

pot holes

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling home …

kids

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five filthy toes …

dirty feet

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six patients praying …

patient

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven slugs so slimy …

slug

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight more mandazis …

Maandazi

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies sewing …

sewing

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Masaai leaping …

Masaai jum

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven panga slashings …

photo: Sven Torfinn Kenya, Nakuru, January 2008 Young man destroying the windows of a house with his knife, panga. WarriorsÊbelonging to the Kalenjin tribe inÊ the fields outside Nakuru town, from where they are launching attacks on the residential areas

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve donkeys towing …

Heavily overloaded donkeys carrying straw, Ethiopia

 

Putting it all together now …

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a family on a piki

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten Masaai leaping,  nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eleven panga slashings, ten Masaai leaping, nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve donkeys towing, eleven panga slashings, ten Masaai leaping, nine ladies sewing, eight more mandazis, seven slugs so slimy, six patients praying, five filthy toes, four calling home, three pot holes, two cups of chai, and a family on a piki

Blessings and Merry Christmas,

Paul

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