When you're at a holiday party and they're assigning parts
    Belt it, bae
  2. Three French hens
    A nice, crisp line. Good for masculine types and people who can roll their r's.
  3. Ten lords a-leaping
    Fun! Fun to say! Fun image! Fun things come to those who wait!
  4. Two turtle doves
    A lovely little line, though it's quickly drowned out
  5. Seven swans a-swimming
    Pretty, not too late or too early, a little hard to say
  6. And a partridge in a pear tree
    If all you want for Christmas is attention, congrats! Otherwise, it's exhausting.
  7. Four calling birds
  8. Eight maids a-milking
    "Milking" is a gross verb.
  9. Eleven pipers piping
    Bit of a tongue twister, and you only get two chances to nail it.
  10. Nine ladies dancing
    Just an "eh" line. Not alliterative or rhythmic. Plus people are really starting to get sick of this song by the time you show up.
  11. Six geese a-laying
    "Geese" just isn't a cool word. Plus you're immediately forgot-- FIVE GOLD RINGS!
  12. Twelve drummers drumming
    UGH. You sit there forever waiting to sing the least creative line in the song. They're drummers! What else would they be doing???