Tuesday, December 25, 2007

The Twelve Days of Christmas - Playboy Style



A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Yule to All



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Back in the early 70's when I was all of about 12 I discovered my brother's hidden stash of Playboy magazines (a distinct advantage of being the youngest). Believe it or not after very carefully studying the pictures I really did read the articles. One that stands out in my mind to this day was a parody of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Through the miracle that is the internet I have found it and will, over the next twelve days, share it with you. As I said, it was first published in Playboy magazine around 1972. I have seen a couple of references that said it had been written by Jean Shepard who wrote the source material for (as well as narrated) the movie "A Christmas Story". He did write quite a lot for Playboy back then but I haven't found any confirmation that he actually wrote this.



An educational note. It is a common misconception that the 12 days of Christmas precede Christmas. They do not. The first day of Christmas is Christmas day. The twelve days lead up to January 6th which is the day the church established as the Epiphany, the observance of the arrival of the Magi in Bethlehem. In fact, at one point it was common to give gifts on that day, not December 25.



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December 25, 1972


My Dearest Darling John: Who ever in the whole wide world would dream of getting a real partridge perched beautifully in a lovely pear tree for Christmas? How can I ever express my pleasure? Thank you a hundred times for thinking of me this way.



My Love Always, Agnes

12 comments:

Preposterous Ponderings said...

Merry Christmas handsome!

Joey Polanski said...

Yeah. Ainit funny how so much of Christmas tradition has gottn lost ovr th years?

I mean, I bet you got no idea where all em Playboys are today.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Prepon, thank you much. Hope you have a great holiday.

Joey, nope, no idea at all. Wish I did, I'd like to have an original copy of that one. Merry, merry.

Kitty said...

Wooohooo ... a Playboy Christmas. Will there be lots of smut? ;-)

Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas time. :-) x

Malach the Merciless said...

Ahh, I still have fond memories of my Father's stash

Joey Polanski said...

Geez!

Id be more intrestd in seein a few nudies wif bushs!

Mike said...

Merry Christmas Bruce.

BBC said...

Screw Christmas.

"I really did read the articles."

In 64 years I have never looked at many Playboy magazines, but did find the articles to be pretty good back when I did look at a few.

Ever read a Curves magazine? Modern are picking up some really weird ideas from them.

I wouldn't give two bits for a woman that reads Curves because they are not team players.

And it takes two to make a team. Have a peaceful Christmas my friend, and be very thankful if you have a good woman. Hugs.

Hungry Mother said...

I had my own stash of Playboys in the 70s, but I had to hide them in the attic when my kids got old enough to notice them. Of course, my son found them at some point and had a ball reading the articles.

Colonel Colonel said...

I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything, but this series really needs to be illustrated with some snow bunnies.

Bruce, a work in progress said...

Kitty, smut is always good. Hugs.

Mal, my dad never had a stash as far as I knew. But my brothers did :-)

Joey, you want to see the Bushes nude?! Ewww.

Mike all the best my friend.

BCC, peace.

HM, I love hearing about values and traditions being handed down. Warms my heart.

Sorry Col. I'll see what I can do.

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