This Version of “The 12 Days of Christmas (Break)” Will Make College Parents Laugh

To all of those with freshman coming home, perhaps this will sound familiar. For all the chaos, noise, and stress they arrive with, they bring a lot of “stuff” as well, but we wouldn’t have it any other way, would we? I give you, the Grown and Flown family version of “The 12 Days of Christmas Break.”

The twelve days of Christmas break
With our kids home from college, we give you the Grown and Flown version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” (jan j. photography/Shutterstock)

On the first day of Christmas break, my freshman gave to me:

Some laundry in a garbage bag

On the second day of Christmas break, my freshman gave to me:

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag,

On the third day of Christmas break, my freshman gave to me:

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the fourth day of Christmas break, my freshman gave to me:

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the fifth day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me:

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the sixth day of Christmas Break my freshman gave me:

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the seventh day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me:

Seven Tide Pods leaking

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the eighth day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me:

Eight missing spoons

Seven Tide Pods leaking

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the ninth day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me,

Nine texts a-dinging

Eight missing spoons

Seven Tide Pods leaking

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the tenth day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me:

Ten tangled chargers

Nine texts a-dinging

Eight missing spoons

Seven Tide Pods leaking

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the eleventh day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me:

Eleven tests a-graded

Ten tangled chargers

Nine texts a-dinging

Eight missing spoons

Seven Tide Pods leaking

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

On the twelfth day of Christmas Break, my freshman gave to me:

12 sorority stories

Eleven tests a-graded

Ten tangled chargers

Nine texts a-dinging

Eight missing spoons

Seven Tide Pods leaking

Six empty pizza boxes,

FIVE STICKY CEREEEEALLLLL BOWLSS!

Four unpaid tickets

Three mismatched shoes

Two torn IKEA totes

and some laundry in a garbage bag.

Related:

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Brenda Kelley Kim was born and raised on the North Shore of Boston. She attended Marblehead High School, graduating in 1982. In 1986 she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Saint Michael’s College in Winooski, VT. She is a self-published author of “Sink or Swim: Tales From the Deep End of Everywhere” on Amazon. Her column, “Not the Same Old Thing” appears weekly in the Marblehead Reporter, and other GateHouse Media New England publications. She lives in Marblehead, MA.

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