This Christmas is really exciting for us this year with our little man restoring the magic of Christmas in our home. In lieu of an advent calendar, this year we are going to partake in a 12 Days of Christmas Countdown. I really enjoyed putting these together and I hope you might be inspired to do at least one of these in your own homes!
Twelve Books of Christmas
I purchased a selection of Christmas books that I wrapped and numbered 1-12. On each of the twelve days leading up to Christmas, we will open a book and have a new Christmas story to enjoy before bedtime. I chose books for a variety of age ranges so they can be enjoyed for many Christmas count downs to come. As we outgrow some of the younger books over the next few years, I will replace them. Note: This is a bit of an investment the first year but the books can be reused in a countdown each Christmas season and donated when you no longer need them!
Books I selected:
- Merry Christmas Little Pookie (Boynton)
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Little Golden Book)
- Eight Jolly Reindeer (Scholastic)
- How to Catch Santa (Reagan/ Wildish)
- Dashing Through the Snow (Becker/Zimmermann)
- Thomas Counts on Christmas (Thomas and Friends)
- Bear Stays Up for Christmas (Wilson/Chapman)
- A Porcupine in a Pine Tree (Becker/Zimmermann)
- I Love you Through and Through at Christmas Too! (Rossetti-Shustak/Church)
- The Christmas Eve Tree (Huddy/Sutton)
- Finding Christmas (Munsch/Martchenko)
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Dr. Seuss)
- The Night Before Christmas (Moore/Santore)
Twelve Days of Giving
This one brings out the true spirit of Christmas. I came up with a few ideas of some ways we could give back instead of receive this holiday season. I made cards out of cardstock from the dollar store and numbered them 1-12. For the twelve days of Christmas we pick a new task each morning to complete that day. This could also work well in a jar where you draw a new task from the jar each morning. I personally like the decorative aspect of the display more than the jar! Feel free to use my ideas or come up with some more on your own!
Ways to Give Back:
- Buy Coffee for a Stranger
- Sponsor a Donkey/Local Animal Rescue (one of my personal faves)
- Donate Used Books
- Support a Family in Need
- Donate to the local food bank
- Give a handmade gift
- Call a far away friend or relative and say hello
- Bake for a friend/neighbour
- Donate to a local charity/organization
- Write a Thank You note
- Give a gift to your mail or newspaper carrier;
- Lastly, on Christmas Eve have children leave used toys under the Christmas tree for Santa to give to children in need.
Twelve Wines of Christmas
This one is a personal favourite, a bit of an investment, but worth the payoff. For those of us who enjoy our wine, we know we need to stock the bar for holiday entertaining. This is a great excuse to buy a few favourites, and try some of the new seasonal arrivals. Pick up 12 assorted bottles of wine (I had a mix of red and white), and enjoy a new bottle each of the twelve nights leading up to Christmas! Make sure you have some bubbly for Christmas Eve. This also is a great pre-Christmas gift idea or for someone with an early December birthday. You could also have your partner/spouse buy six bottles, and you buy six bottles for more variety and surprise!
I cleared out my kitchen wine rack and staged the bottles for our “countdown”.
Note: You are not required to drink an entire bottle of wine twelve nights in a row. Some of us may and that’s ok too. This is simply a fun way to replenish your wine stock and find some new favourites!
I hope you found some inspiration for your own twelve days of Christmas countdowns. Feel free to leave me your suggestions or tag me on social media with your creations!