Finished at 12:11 1/1/2011

Whose bright idea was it to sing Christmas carols? Katie Gardner thought. I mean, we believe in the Greek Gods? Joy to the World doesn't begin to cut it.

What had started as a nice holiday gesture from Chiron and the Apollo cabin had soon turned to blows. They had started off with a classic, except then those stupid Stoll brothers decided to 'Greekify' them.

They had all started by singing,

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Reindeer)

Had a very shiny nose (Like Thalia's shield!)

And if you ever saw it (Saw it)

You would even say it glowed (Like Greek fire!)

All of the other reindeer (Reindeer)

Used to laugh and call them names (Like Hephaestus) Now they were bordering on blasphemy.

They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)

Join in any reindeer games (Like Capture the Flag!)

Then one foggy Christmas Eve

Santa came to say (ho ho ho)

"Rudolph with your nose so bright,

Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"

Then all the reindeer loved him (loved him)

As they shouted out with glee (Opa!) They had really seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding too many times.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Reindeer)

You'll go down in history (Like Percy Jackson!)

And it wasn't just the Stoll brothers. Some Ares kids had heard the new Athena kid singing 'Like George Washington' instead of the way that they had sung it, which was 'Like Columbus!'

The new Athena kid, Kendra, yelled, "I choose to honor the father of our great nation as opposed to the idiotic man who thought that this was India!"

"Columbus was our great half-sibling!" an Ares kid, Jack, yelled back.

"That's why he's an idiot! Why would I choose to honor someone like that?"

"He has his own holiday!"

"So does Washington! Two of them! Fourth of July and, oh yeah, Presidents Day!"

"Alright, break it up!" Chiron said, pushing the two groups apart. "It's just a song!"

While Chiron was breaking up that fight, the Stoll brothers had gotten onstage and had started to sing what Katie thought was Joy to the World but didn't sound anything like it.

Joy to the World,

Kronos is dead!

We barbequed his head!

What happened to the body,

We flushed it down the potty!

And round and round it goes,

And round and round it goes,

And round and round and round it goes!

"Thank you, thank you, no photographs please!" Connor said as he bowed.

"We'll be here all week, don't forget to tip your waitresses!" Travis added, straightening from his own bow. They walked offstage, applauding their own song.

The Apollo kids managed to regain the stage after Travis and Connor's very unfortunate performance, apparently based off of their older brother's career. Alfred Yankovic had definitely corrupted these brothers.

Katie was just glad they skipped 'Christmas at Ground Zero'.

Apollo's kids began to sing the Twelve Days of Christmas. Emboldened, perhaps, by the Stoll brothers' performance, the sons of Ares decided to make a Greek version, as opposed to the normal version.

On the first day of Christmas, Hera gave to me

A peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the second day of Christmas, Lord Zeus gave to me

Two lightning bolts and a golden apple tree!

On the third day of Christmas, Poseidon gave two me

Three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the fourth day of Christmas, Ares gave to me

Four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the fifth day of Christmas, Apollo gave to me

FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the sixth day of Christmas, Artemis gave to me

Six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the seventh day of Christmas, Demeter gave to me

Seven sheaves a-growing, six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the eighth day of Christmas, Hephaestus gave to me

Eight Cyclopes forging, seven sheaves a-growing, six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the ninth day of Christmas, Dionysus gave to me

Nine drunks a-drinking, eight Cyclopes forging, seven sheaves a-growing, six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas, Athena gave to me

Ten nerds a-typing, nine drunks a-drinking, eight Cyclopes forging, seven sheaves a-growing, six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, Hermes gave to me

Eleven shoes a-flying, ten nerds a-typing, nine drunks a-drinking, eight Cyclopes forging, seven sheaves a-growing, six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, Aphrodite gave to me

Twelve babes a-flirting, eleven shoes a-flying, ten nerds a-typing, nine drunks a-drinking, eight Cyclopes forging, seven sheaves a-growing, six Hunters hunting, FIVE GOLDEN LYRES, four shiny swords, three ancient tridents, two lightning bolts, and a peacock in a golden apple tree!

Everyone cheered the sons of Ares on, but there was one small fight between two daughters of Apollo because 'Cassie sings it wrong!' and 'I sing it right, you stuck-up brat! You sing it wrong!'

Katie leaned over to the Demeter counselor (Katie had resigned after the Titan war), Miranda Gardiner, and asked, "Why do they keep interrupting the actual singers? Even the Stoll brothers only have enough energy to interrupt them once or twice a week. And why aren't Chiron or Dionysus doing anything to stop it?"

Miranda laughed. "Oh, you've never been here for New Years, have you? It's a tradition. We all sing mutilated Christmas carols and the Apollo kids pretend to actually lead us in carols, but we all know why this thing's put up. You think the Ares kids could come up with that Twelve days thing on the spot? Of course not!"

The Apollo kids began to sing Jingle bells, but you could hardly hear them over the Athena kids.

Clash those swords, clash those swords, clash them through the day!

Cuz without skills, you'll get skewered, and that's a damper until May! Hey!

The Dionysus cabin, led by (for unknown reasons) Travis and Connor, sang the next verse.

Crashing through the woods, avoiding Ares kids,

We must get that flag, OR THEY'LL KILL US ALL!

The ground is turning red, get nectar or I'm dead

I woke up with that hot nurse girl, her hand was on my head, OH!

Athena's children began to belt it out.

Clash those swords, clash those swords, clash them through the day.

Cuz without skills, you'll get skewered and that's a damper until May! Hey!

They took a bow. Miranda stood up and grabbed her hand. 'Come on," she said. "We're up!"

"But I don't know what we're doing!" Katie protested.

"Oh yeah, Demeter tradition. We don't tell the newbies anything, and since you've never heard of it, we have no choice but to not include you. Sorry." Miranda shrugged.

The Apollo kids were now desperately trying to lead everyone in 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town', but the Demeter cabin was singing an altogether different version.

You better get sentries

You better get swords

You better get shields, I'm telling you why

Typhon here is coming to town!

He's making a plan

Testing it out

Gonna find out who can strategize!

Typhon here is coming to ton!

He sees your pathetic defense

He knows you're out of guns

He knows if you need more soldiers,

So barricade for goodness sake! Oh!

You better get sentries

You better get swords

You better get shields, I'm telling you why!

Typhon here is coming to town!

Typhon here is coming to town!

They all sat down. Katie wondered if anyone would get mad because, well, a lot of people had died in the Second Titan War, and would anyone take it offensively?

"Nice job, gals and dudes," Travis said, coming to sit with them. Miranda made room for him on their log.

"Shouldn't you be with your cabin?" Katie asked.

"Nah, why would I?" Travis asked. "They're jealous cuz Connor and I snagged the solos again."

"You always snag the solos," Miranda said.

"I'm cool like that," Travis said cockily.

The Apollo cabin began to sing a favorite song of Katie's, Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, but she couldn't hear the words because of the Aphrodite girls.

Rhea got run over by a centaur!

Walking home on Winter Solstice Eve!

You can say there's no such things as monsters,

But as for me and Kronos, we believe!

She'd been drinking too much nectar!

And they begged to teleport!

But she always had been crazy!

And walked out of the building into the snow!

Rhea got run over by a centaur!

Walking home on Winter Solstice eve!

You can say there's no such thing as monsters,

But as for me and Kronos, we believe!

When they found her Winter Solstice

With the hoofmarks on her back!

There was ichor in the snow!

And traces of root beer in the jacket!

Rhea got run over by a centaur!

Walking home on Winter Solstice eve!

You can say there's no such thing as monsters,

But as for me and Kronos, we believe!

Now we're all so proud of Kronos

He just tried to kill us all!

This is making some real progress

Last time, he killed humanity!

It's not Solstice without Rhea!

All the family's fightin back!

Soon all the centaurs'll be extinct!

Except the one we all called Jack!

Rhea got run over by a centaur!

Walking home on Winter Solstice eve!

You can say there's no such thing as monsters,

But as for me and Kronos, we believe!

The Aphrodite cabin giggled, curtsied or bowed, and sat down. Katie sighed. "I did love that song, but they kind of ruined it."

"How so? I really thought they improved it!" Travis said.

"I thought that they would do Jingle Bell Rock," Katie said. "I never liked that one."

"No, they did that last year. Repeats are bad form. I hear Hephaestus took Jingle Bell Rock."

"Seven minutes!" someone shrieked.

The Apollo cabin began to sing 'Jingle Bell Rock', but Hephaestus was indeed singing a strange parody to it.

Blacksmith shop, blacksmith shop, blacksmith shop rock!

Blacksmiths hammer and blacksmiths all make.

Blowing up stupid things, making us laugh!

Now the blacksmith shop has begun!

Blacksmith shop, blacksmith shop, blacksmith shop rock!

Blacksmiths hammer and blacksmiths all make.

Blacksmiths are sexy beasts

Plus our gifts rock.

You know you want us and our cool stuff!

What a bright time

It's just night time

Let's not leave our great shop!

Who would want to, it just ain't cool, to leave our great shop!

Giddy-up robot horse, giddy up now!

We're going on a quest!

Mix and a-mingle you'll need their help!

That's the blacksmith shop rock!

Everyone clapped.

"TEN!" they all shouted, pointing at the screen Dionysus had summoned. "Nine! Eight! Seven! Six! Five! Four! THREE! TWO! ONE!"

Travis's lips were suddenly on hers. She'd never had a New Year's kiss, and it was really nice. He was a good kisser.

Wait. She was kissing Travis Stoll. The one that she hated. She despised him and told him so on a daily basis. Why was he kissing her?

She pulled away. "What the Hades was that?" she asked.

"Well, it's called a New Year's kiss. It involves someone, usually a romantic partner of some sort, kissing another in the beginning of the New Year. I would have hoped it as obvious."

"You hate me. I hate you. Why were we just kissing?" Katie asked.

"I have never hated you. I've actually liked you for a very long time. You know, you can be quite clueless sometimes."

"Katie," Miranda said threateningly. "If you do not proceed to snog the pants off of the rather attractive boy in front of you, I will kill your plants."

"Snog?"

"I can feel British sometimes, okay?"

And then Travis's lips were on hers again and all further communication was effectively put off.