How The 12 Days Of Christmas Would Sound When Written By An Organiser!


Ever wondered what would happen if the season’s frustrations were boiled into something digestible like a classic song? 

A girl in a woolly hat at a Christmas market


Whilst Christmas is commonly associated with relaxation and connection. For Organisers, it may be the busiest time of the year. Naturally, they need someplace to vent after another year of rushing about and organising everything for everyone without a shred of thanks. 

That goes for parties, dinners and Secret Santas. 

The list is endless, the pressure is unbearable and the frustrations are mounting. 

We had to put these feelings somewhere… Please enjoy, and, if you’re not an Organiser, learn a few things!

On The First Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me… 

All The Money That They Owe Me!

Wouldn’t that be nice? As Organisers are consistently left out of pocket - It would be nice to be paid the money we’re owed. Once in a while…

On The Second Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

So they made a Collctiv pot and promptly paid into it. This must be my dream…

On The Third Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots 

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

The true inevitability of life is that you will always be outnumbered by Contributors. I count three… That’s Death, Tax and Contributors wasting your precious time… 

Two Children and a Christmas Tree


On The Fourth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

Contributors like to drop lists of necessities from thin air. How often have you had your armed pulled asking for wrapping paper and last minute-gifts? Sarah Sproson (An Organiser) wrote about such Christmas frustrations in our blog here! How much are you owed?

On The Fifth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me… 

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

Hey King? You dropped your crown. Thanks for being a good friend; paying on time…

On The Sixth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

Getting confirmations can be as difficult as collecting payments. Many reside firmly on the fence or don’t respond until the last minute. For Organisers that are putting together parties and sports events, this is the ultimate form of betrayal and will no longer be able to stand… In the song anyway… 

On The Seventh Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me… 

Seven Payments Missing

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

There are Seven Payments missing… SEVEN! What am I supposed to do? I'll tell you what I do. I pay, every time, and I’m left out of pocket. I make these sacrifices for the benefit of fun. But who is left out of pocket? That’s right, me! And that’s not fun. That’s anti-fun. 

Pay up, animals… 

Three hanging Christmas ornaments


On The Eighth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Eight Plans need re-thinking

Seven Payments Missing

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

You’ve ruined it now haven’t you? Everybody left their confirmation and payments late. Because they’re useless. Now we’re back to square one; I have to re-think the whole thing. Thanking you!

On The Ninth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Nine Nights Out Dancing

Eight Plans Need Re-Thinking

Seven Payment’s Missing

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

Let’s go out dancing instead. I’ll organise it, and as an apology, you will all show up and you will all have fun! You must… 

On The Tenth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Ten Bills For Heating

Nine Nights Out Dancing

Eight Plans Need Re-Thinking

Seven Payment’s Missing

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

If you’re an Organiser in a house-share, you may be also responsible for collecting payments for bills. After various other fiascos. Don’t be a mug, and definitely don’t be left out of pocket. It will be Christmas, after all... 

On The Eleventh Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me… 

Friends I’m Uninviting

Ten Bills For Heating

Nine Nights Out Dancing

Eight Plans Need Re-Thinking

Seven Payment’s Missing

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

That’s it. My time is precious; my efforts are unappreciated by any means. I think I’ll withdraw, and take my calm with me. They can swim in their own chaos. I’m better than this anyway!

On The Twelfth Day Of Christmas, My Friends All Gave To Me…

Fight The Urge For Fighting

Friends I’m Uninviting

Ten Bills For Heating

Nine Nights Out Dancing

Eight Plans Need Re-Thinking

Seven Payment’s Missing

Six Confirmed Playing

Five Paid-In Kings!

Four Shopping Lists

Three Contributors

Two Collctiv Pots

And All The Money That They Owe Me!

Catch these fists! You wanna deal with me? I’m a pacifist, but in that same breath, the steady drip of Contributors has begun to wear me down. If you wanna meet me outside, you know where I am. Just don’t forget the venue. And your spaghetti stilettos. It’s all downhill from here; merry Christmas!

A girl in the street wearing a Santa mask



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