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12 Days of CrossFit Christmas
Last week, I spent an entire day listening to Christmas music at work. I’m officially in the spirit! I lean more toward Brian Setzer Orchestra or the wackadoodle covers of WHAM’s “Last Christmas” than traditional carols, but I’ve always found “The Twelve Days of Christmas” hard to resist: Lords a-leaping! Ladies dancing! Maids a-milking (sounds naughty)! And those five gooooooooolden rings…
The song was first published in England, but some scholars believe its origin was in France. The French version is known as “La foi de la loi,” and you can forget about the pear tree. Instead, the true love receives:
- a good stuffing without bones
- two breasts of veal
- three joints of beef
- four pigs’ trotters
- five legs of mutton
- six partridges with cabbage
- seven spitted rabbits
- eight plates of salad
- nine dishes for a chapter of canons
- ten full casks
- eleven beautiful full-breasted maidens
- twelve musketeers with their swords
The first half of the song is practically a dino-chow feast!
Lots of others have customized the lyrics to suit their needs. On a serious note, the Scottish Poet Laureate recently published a timely version that addresses news-worthy topics like war and greedy bankers. For a silly re-write, consider Bob & Doug McKenzie‘s version that included comic books, packs of smokes, and six packs. In 1990, the cast of Twin Peaks sang verses about popular items and people related to the show, including jelly donuts, cherry pies, Laura Palmer’s secret diary, and the one-armed man. Hear it here.
It all got me thinking: What would 12 days of CrossFit gifts look like? Maybe something like this.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my CrossFit gifts will be…
12 jumping squats
11 kettlebell swings
10 Russian twists
8 wall ball shots
7 power snatches
5 burpee box jumps
400 meter run
3 handstand pushups
… and a dead-hang pullup, no band
Wall Ball Shots
Burpee Box Jump
Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry, merry! Hope you receive (and give!) some badass CrossFit gifts this year.
Psssst… hey, Austinites! We’ll be doing this workout Saturday, December 19th in our backyard. Email me if you want to join us!