Some parts of Chicago are still devoid of Christmas lights and Christmas decorations. This could be because temperatures were warmer than usual when usually December temperatures are 30 degrees and lower. Does this mean that Krampus is coming to Chicago for Christmas?
Krampus the movie is already playing at many Chicago-land theaters. (This movie is in the horror category.) Krampus, which has the Fantasy Style, opened on Dec. 4.
Nonetheless, Christmas red and green lights are along many Chicago streets. There are red ribbons. Green wreaths adorn many windows and entrances. You can buy chestnuts in some stores, but they will not be roasting on open fires. Occasionally, Chicagoans wearing red and white, Santa hats are visible.
Absent are snowmen; Chicago has a snowfall deficit for this month. Reindeer are not visible in Chicago-land. (Most reindeer live in extreme northern Canada, Finland, Greenland, Iceland and Norway.)
As for The Twelve Days of Christmas, depictions of these items would be art if they were the subjects of paintings, photographs or sculptures. Was that a painting of partridges and turtle doves in a single pear tree? In that photo were pipers piping while ladies were dancing?
Do not expect to see any partridges in pear trees. Chicagoans are unlikely to see any partridges, even roasted ones, in restaurants. Chicago is not a prime, pear growing area.
Turtle doves are widespread in Europe, the Middle East, northern Africa and southern Africa; Chicagoans will not see them unless they travel to these areas. (These birds look more like doves than they look like turtles. In Chicago-land, mourning doves are visible at various times of the year.)
Chicagoans will not find any French hens at the supermarket, but Cornish hens are available. (Do not display frozen, thawed or roasted Cornish hens on Christmas trees. Cornish hens stuffed with corn are tasty.)
Calling birds that are most noticeable are crows. These black birds are still around in some Chicago trees. They only care about Christmas if they can get scavenge your discarded turkey and Cornish hens.
Gold rings are available for purchasing at jewelry stores and pawn shops. (As of December 17-midnight, gold is selling at $1,068/ounce.) Some Chicago-land fast-food stores sell golden-brown onion rings.
Some geese (Canada Geese) are still around Chicago-land golf courses. They are not a-laying eggs. They do that in the spring and early summer.
Chicagoans may still see a few swans a-swimming. These birds may be on ponds or near shore in Lake Michigan. (They will not be singing Swanee River.)
Chicagoans will not see maids a-milking unless they go to the Illinois countryside where there are cows. Chicagoans may see some ladies dancing indoors where it is warm. Some people who have Lord as their last name may leap out of the way of speeding motorists.
The pipers piping reference refers to bagpipe players. This musical instrument is rare in Chicago during any season. However, Chicagoans may see some other Chicagoans smoking tobacco pipes.
Yeah, you can hear those drummers drumming. Some are on subway platforms. Some may be outside working for the Salvation Army asking for donations.
Krampus may get a cramp and not make an appearance. Sudden, frigid weather may cramp us when we go walking. Will Chicagoans get cramps by carrying too many Christmas gifts?