"And on the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . THE BLUE CARB-UNCLLLLLE! The Blue Carbuncle, the Blue Carbuncle, the-uh Blue Carbuncle, and the Blu-ue Car-buncle!"
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, "The Five Days of Christmas" done entirely with Blue Carbuncles!
Because that's what Sherlockian Christmas is all about, isn't it? "The Blue Carbuncle."
You can pretty much insert "The Blue Carbuncle" into the lyrics of any Christmas song. Sometimes as all the lyrics. And now, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," BC-style . . .
"Blue Carbuncle, Blue Carbuncle, Blue Carbuncle, Blue Carb!"
Or something a little lighter, like "Jingle Bells."
"Car-buncle, Car-buncle, the Blue Car-buncle! Car-buncle, Car-Buncle, the Blue, Blue Carbuncle!"
I'm dreaming of a Blue Carbuncle? Or did this just become a Blue Carbuncle nightmare?
The point is, as a Sherlockian writer, when do you start to pour on the Carbuncle? When is too early, when is just right, and how much Blue Carbuncle focus is appropriate for the Yuletide season? We don't want it to be seen as a part of the "War on Christmas" and get Fox News coming after Sherlockiana by using it too much, but we do want to keep our little Christmas tradition going.
How many other Sherlock Holmes Christmas time things can one do? A bit from "Speckled Band," a scene from BBC Sherlock, and then back to Blue Carbuncling (Christmas caroling, using only "The Blue Carbuncle" for lyrics.)
'Tis the season. Let's see how it goes . . . .