Ottawa·TRAFFIC

Sing along to the '12 Days of Traffic'

All of these 'gifts' actually happened in 2019 …

All of these 'gifts' actually happened in 2019 …

Santa Claus shows off a sports car in Dallas in 2012. Gift deliveries in a McLaren 12C Spider have not been reported on the traffic tip line (yet). (LM Otero/Associated Press)

Good morning commuters!

Seeing as it's so cold, and almost Christmas, we're going to have some fun.

This week I spent two afternoons going through ALL my @cbcotttraffic tweets (26,500 followers, by the way... thank you!) looking for the more bizarre tie-ups.

I found everything AND the kitchen sink. Literally.

In fact, there were times when some of the stranger things happened on numerous occasions. Enough that I could fashion a sort-of 12 Days of #OttTraffic to the tune of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Some of the tie-ups even mirror the actual birds and things from the original song.

Remember, all the tie-ups here, really happened. Here goes …

On the first day of Christmas, my commute gave to me
Some lumber that used to be trees.

On the second day of Christmas, my commute gave to me
Two blue tarps
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the third day of Christmas, my commute gave to me
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
Seven extension ladders
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
A fist fight on the Parkway
Seven extension ladders
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
Pink insulation
A fist fight on the Parkway
Seven extension ladders
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
A small bear running
Pink insulation
A fist fight on the Parkway
Seven extension ladders
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
An actual kitchen sink
A small bear running
Pink insulation
A fist fight on the Parkway
Seven extension ladders
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my commute gave to me 
A drum set for drumming
An actual kitchen sink
A small bear running
Pink insulation
A fist fight on the Parkway
Seven extension ladders
Six geese a-crossing
Five copper pipes
Four Muskoka chairs
Three kinds of dogs
Two blue tarps 
and some lumber that used to be trees.

If you have a Christmas song about your commute, send it to doug.hempstead@cbc.ca or tweet it to @cbcotttraffic.

Have a great day!

About the Author

Doug Hempstead

CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist

Doug Hempstead is CBC Ottawa's traffic specialist and can be heard on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning and All In A Day. Sometimes, he even sleeps. Originally from the Ottawa Valley, he is a musician and family man - married with two daughters. Doug is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience in the region covering all types of news. He welcomes your input on traffic issues and can be called directly while the shows are airing at 613-288-6900. Tweet him at @cbcotttraffic or @DougHempstead. His e-mail is doug.hempstead@cbc.ca.

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