Isn't Christmas time the best time of the year? I love giving. Especially now that my kids are getting a little older and I get to see their faces light up when they open their presents. Even though watching them open their gifts is one of the highlights of the whole Christmas season to me, I want them to always know the importance of giving rather than receiving. I can't promise them I will always be able to put tons of presents under the tree for them. No one knows the future for sure, but I can promise them that no matter what, we will always have the Christmas spirit in us and something to give (no matter how small) because of what Christmas really means.
My husband came to me with the idea to start a family tradition of doing the 12 Days of Christmas. I actually didn't even know it was a thing so I give him a lot of the credit for this. (Note: I said "a lot", not "all". . . I mean, you didn't think he wrapped all the gifts did you?) ;)
He told me how when he moved to Oregon from Iowa with his family of 11, a family from the church in their new town gave them 12 presents for 12 days to welcome them. This is such a pleasant memory for him, he has been wanting to start this tradition with us for awhile now. Well, now we are finally doing it and we chose to shower our daughter's preschool teacher with the 12 days of giving because she is wonderful and doesn't get enough recognition for all the work she does. Aren't teachers amazing?!
So here are all the details of our 12 Days of Christmas. I really hope we inspire you to find some time to either make or buy a few small things for someone who may be unsuspecting but definitely deserving of a little extra Christmas love this year.
We knew we wanted to try to pick presents that actually went along with the numbers. You know, like "5 golden rings, 4 calling birds, 3 french hens....etc.". You get it. We actually got really lucky and were able to find two turtle dove ornaments at World Market (and they were 2 for $5). For the rest of the numbers, we had to get a little creative.
We decided to do all our shopping at World Market (surprise, surprise - you know I love them). So here is a list of the products we used:
1 Pashmina Scarf.
2 Turtle Dove Ornaments.
3 Nutcrackers on napkins.
4 Gift Bags.
5 Yards of Ribbon.
6 Chocolate Covered S'mores.
7 Days of the Week Pins.
8 Christmas Crackers.
9 Hot Cocoa Stirrers.
10 Ghirardelli Chocolates.
11 Chocolate Snowmen.
12 Peppermint Candy Canes.
I scored all these gifts at World Market for a steal during the Black Friday sale. And some were even "buy one - get one" so we went home with some extra goodies!
I was blessed with an opportunity to work with Scotch Brand Tapes and Walmart on an Instagram photo and so we used these adorable Scotch Expressions tapes to make our gifts extra pretty. Can you believe we never used any ribbon? Thats all tape! It was a fun and creative way to add a twist to the whole project. You can find the tapes at Walmart in the craft supply aisle.
Now that the gifts are all ready to be dropped off, we plan on leaving each gift at my daughter's teacher's doorstep each day for the 12 days while she is at work with a note explaining the process and no explanation of who it's from until the last day. On the days we need to leave a gift and she is home (weekends), we will ask a neighbor to help us. Luckily our daughter's teacher lives on our street and we can do that! We are so excited for her to have an unexpected surprise at her doorstep and be showered with a little extra love. She gives a whole lotta love to our kid so we think she deserves it!
Thanks for reading and I hope we have inspired you to get thinking about some of your own family traditions and maybe even start a new one! Merry Christmas!
Until next time!