Anyone who knows me, knows two things about me.
First, I love Christmas music. Love it! Love it in July, as much as I love it in December.
Second, and more importantly, among Christmas songs, I hate The Twelve Days of Christmas. So not worth the notes in which it's written.
The exception is a 1994 version by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on their album This is Christmas. I absolutely adore this version and it's the only one to which I'll listen.
It's fabulous because each verse is done in a different musical genre. One verse is baroque, the next is a Viennese waltz, then it's Wagner's Flight of the Valkyries, and then it's a John Philip Sousa march. The result is a song that is actually fun to listen to, rather than complete and utter repetitive torture. If you can get your hands on this version, add it to your collection. If you want a copy, let me know and I'll burn a disc for you.
I'd love to post a link to a clip from iTunes or simply post my own clip, but I'm sadly lacking in the blogging skill set needed to do that. (If someone out there--NG??--knows how to do this and can show me, I'd be grateful!)