Sunday, December 4, 2011

Parenting Tip - The 12 Days of Christmas

Tis the Christmas season.


When  I look back on Christmases when my children were at home, the Christmases I remember most with fond memories are the years when we did the 12 days of Christmas for someone.  Several years in a row we did what we called, The Funny 12 Days of Christmas.”  My friend told me about it and I’ll pass it on. If you decide to do this, make sure you buy everything you need for the 12 days to begin with and type out the message for each day in advance.  That way you won’t be scrambling at the last minute to buy something and find you’ve run out of time (I speak from experience!)


On the first day of Christmas, your pixie friends gave to you,

Some pear treats from the tree the partridge flew away from. ( a can of pears or fresh pears)


On the second day of Christmas, your pixie friends gave to you

Some  yummy turtle doves (candy turtles on top of a bar of dove soap).


3rd day….some chicken noodle soup, compliments of the three French hens.


4th day…a telephone message pad designed by the four calling birds (telephone message pad)


5th day…five golden rings ( a can of sliced pineapple rings)


6th day... the eggs we found when we were looking for the six geese that laid them


7th day…the bubble bath left over from the seven swans after they went swimming.


8th day…the chocolate milk we got from the eight maids milking eight brown cows .


9th day…some canes used by the nine ladies who were out dancing all night—they needed the canes to get home! (candy canes)


10th day…some vitamins recommended for use by the 10 Lords we saw out leaping (or give them Ben gay instead)


11th day… some pickles since the pipers stopped piping and started picking a peck of pickled pickles (we changed it to whistle suckers one year and other years used candy bars and said the pipers decided to “hum a few bars”)


12th day…the drumsticks we wished the drummers had used when they were drumming (pretzels sticks—plain or dipped in chocolate).


Whatever you do this year to celebrate, make it simple, involve your family and enjoy it.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE this idea!! We've wanted to do the 12 days of Christmas for a while now, but never quite got motivated enough to do it. Thanks so much for the motivation.




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