Twelve Days of Christmas

November 26, 2009


© Emilia Stasiak | Dreamstime.comI love the Christmas-tide, and yet,
I notice this, each year I live;
I always like the gifts I get,
But how I love the gifts I give!
   Carolyn Wells

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” are the twelve days between Christmas Day and Epiphany.  In the past, these days were celebrated by gift giving.  Many people enjoy reviving this tradition by giving gifts for twelve days either following Christmas Day (traditionally December 25th through January 6th) or leading up to Christmas Day (non-traditional December 14th through 25th).  A creative twist is giving one gift on the first day, two on the second, three on the third, and so forth.  Here are a few ideas for creating your own “Twelve Days of Christmas” fun.

Day 1 – something unique and individual – a Christmas ornament, a collectible, a nice wallet, or a framed photo.
Day 2 – anything that comes in pairs – mittens, socks, bookends, cuff links, or tickets to an event.
Day 3-6 – small gift sets, different kinds of mustard, chocolates in a sampler box, a few fishing lures, gardening tools, sticky note pads (there are some fun shapes and colors), or balloons.
Days 5-12 – This gets more challenging as the number goes up.  Look for things that are packaged in multiples and consider the small items that your husband uses frequently.  Wander through his favorite stores and look for lots of little things.

Some ideas: batteries, burnable CD’s, his favorite candies, markers, postage stamps (especially if he is a collector), coupons good for services, book plates, small tool kit with (however many) tools, cookies, or office supplies.

Here are a couple of blog posts by creative wives sharing their ideas ~ 

A Heart for Home: 12 Days of Christmas: Update on Blessing My Husband 
Passionate Homemaking: “On the First Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me…”  


Be generous!  Lori <><


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J December 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

I’m going to try to do that this year. It will be fun to incorporate some of the “dull” gifts into the mix (like handkerchiefs and underwear). Found an 8 pack of Snickers bars and 12 Little Debbie oatmeal pies. So far, 4 out of the 12 days taken care of!


J December 28, 2010 at 8:27 am

Done 4 of the 12 days. Hubby is looking forward to each day. Some of the gifts are practical but I believe he likes being thought of each day!! Thanks for the idea.


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