As I prefer to call it, A Partridge in a Pear Tree. Yep, I'm not really proud of it but I have to refer to the 12 days prior to Christmas by their corresponding Christmas gifts of the song, The 12 days of Christmas. I must.

I begin on 12/12 with The Partridge and end on Christmas Eve with Drummers Drumming. I do this as self-punishment because I never do any Christmas shopping until the last minute. Once I hit Swimming Swans, I know it'll be almost impossible to get everything done by Pipers Piping. Turtle Doves, French Hens and Calling Birds, they are the early birds of Christmas..  I've got plenty of time for cheaper shopping and (gasp) more thoughtful gifts. Try it! Maybe this year you'll be able to get your friends their gifts by Lords A'Leaping. Or maybe this new compulsion will stop them from being your friend entirely and your shopping list gets smaller. Either way your all set!