The 12 Days of Yuletide: A Heathen Carol

Do you love to sing, especially at this time of year? Or does your system require a little “liquid courage” to belt out those familiar tunes? Perhaps it would help to sing something  a bit friendlier to your spiritual sensibilities? To that end, I’ve composed a Heathen Yuletide carol, which is sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” I dedicate it to my Heathen friends and to the God Bragi, Whom I invoked during my own group’s Winter Solstice celebration last night. If you sing my song or share it, please respect my copyright–that’s all I ask. Oh, and sing it with gusto with some mead, please! Enjoy and have a blessed Yule!

“The Twelve Days of Yuletide: A Heathen Carol”

© Anna Applegate 2017

 

On the first day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the second day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the third day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

Yule 2014 with goats

On the fourth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the fifth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the sixth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the seventh day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Seven berserkers raging

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

 

On the eighth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Eight wheel spokes turning

Seven berserkers raging

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the ninth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Nine herbs a-brewing

Eight wheel spokes turning

Seven berserkers raging

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the tenth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Ten thralls from Dublin

Nine herbs a-brewing

Eight wheel spokes turning

Seven berserkers raging

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the eleventh day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Eleven pelts of aurochs

Ten thralls from Dublin

Nine herbs a-brewing

Eight wheel spokes turning

Seven berserkers raging

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

 

On the twelfth day of Yuletide, my true love gave to me…

Twelve trolls a-dancing

Eleven pelts of aurochs

Ten thralls from Dublin

Nine herbs a-brewing

Eight wheel spokes turning

Seven berserkers raging

Six ravens croaking

Five amber rings

Four magic dwarves

Three bronze Valknuts

Two drinking horns and

A rune set carved from a pine tree

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