We like to celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas in our family with a little fun and lots of traditions and hands on learning! This year I got sort of an impromptu idea and decided to roll with it. We decorated Twelve small yellow gift bags with color copies of the Jan Brett book Twelve Days of Christmas and the correlating Christian symbols and their relevance. It was a fun and quick afternoon project and can be adapted to many different ideas. Here's how ours turned out with a few instructions, but really it's carte blanche for whatever you think would work for your family!! Enjoy!
Here are the embellished bags: We used punches, decorative scissors, stickers and drawings to depict our themes. (For the color copies I used about a reduction to 30%) Inside each bag is a small votive that we light with each night, so on Twelfth Night we'll have all of them lit and a great party to boot!! (Please be VERY careful when handling these bags with votives, we used a glass one inside each bag for extra safety)
Christmas Day: Partridge in a Pear Tree = Jesus Dies on the Cross
2nd Day of Christmas: Two Turtle Doves = The Old & New Testament
3rd Day of Christmas: Three French Hens = Virtues of Faith, Hope & Charity
4th Day of Christmas: Four Colly Birds = Four Gospels
5th Day of Christmas: Five Gold Rings = Five Books of the Old Testament (Pentateuch)
6th Day of Christmas: Six Geese A-Laying = Six Days of Creation
7th Day of Christmas: Seven Swans A-Swimming = Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
8th Day of Christmas: Eight Maids A-Milking = Eight Beatitudes
9th Day of Christmas: Nine Drummers Drumming = Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10th Day of Christmas: Ten Pipers Piping = Ten Commandments
11th Day of Christmas: Eleven Ladies Dancing = Eleven Apostles
12th Day of Christmas: Twelve Lords A-Leaping = Twelve Points of The Creed
Singing the lyrics to this beautiful old song would be a very nice accompaniment to beginning your evening prayer time, as well as a 12 Days of Christmas treat for each day. We like to give Saints Statues, Holy Cards, gold coins, chocolate kisses (well really ANYTHING chocolate!!) small books, stickers. And then of course the celebrating for Twelfth Night, but that's another post!! Happy Feasting and Merry Christmas to you!