12 Days of Christmas Made Easy

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I really want to do the 12 Days of Christmas with my kids this year to help them learn the joy of giving.  I don’t have a huge budget, but it is important to me that they aren’t just focused on what they are getting for Christmas. When I sat down to come up with what we could do for “10 lords a leaping”, “eight ladies dancing” and such, it made my brain hurt.  

The ideas I came up with or found on the internet were either lame or expensive.  So, I came up with a way simplify things a bit.  I even made some printables to go along with my idea to help you out.  I hope this will help you have fun, stress less, and spend less as you teach your kids the joy of giving this year!

Simplify your 12 days of Christmas with these great ideas! Get your kids involved with this new fun Christmas Tradition of the 12 Days of Christmas!!

The key to simplifying the 12 Days of Christmas is to get rid of the pressure of trying to tie the gifts you are leaving on their porch to the silly words of the song.  So, I wrote a poem to tie the theme of the gifts only to the number of days left until Christmas.  Here is a free printable for the poem that you are welcome to use:An Easy, Fast Way to do the 12 Days of Christmas for your neighbor! Free Printable!

And here and here are free printable number tags for each gift:

A fast and easy way to do the 12 days of Christmas for your neighbor! Free Printable included!

A fast and easy way to do the 12 days of Christmas for your neighbor! Free Printable included!

Now, your options are pretty much endless.  Just choose as many of an item as the days left until Christmas.  So, your first night doorbell ditching you will deliver 12 of something until finally, Christmas Eve you will leave one gift.   You can adjust this to fit your budget and the age range you are giving to. Here is a list of ideas:

12 Days of Christmas Ideas SIMPLIFIED!!

  • Brownies
  • Cookies
  • Donuts
  • Pie
  • Cinnamon Rolls
  • Chocolate Oranges
  • Oranges/cuties
  • Hot Cocoa
  • Christmas Mugs
  • Cozy Socks
  • Lotions
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Christmas books
  • Christmas CDs
  • DVD’s
  • One-size-fits-all gloves
  • Chocolates
  • Christmas puzzles
  • Card Games
  • Nail polish
  • Fun lip gloss or chapstick
  • Stuffed animals
  • Dollar Store toys
  • Various Candy
  • Scented Candles
  • Bubbles
  • Fun flavors of bubble gum
  • Fresh bread
  • Jams and jellies
  • Chips and salsa or crackers and dip
  • Bottles of Rootbeer or other soda
  • Sparkling cider and plastic goblets
  • A fruit basket
  • A nativity
  • Special Christmas ornaments
  • Scented hand soaps
  • Stickers
  • Hand made items- like jewelry, blankets, hats, etc.

Giving doesn’t have to be complicated. We sometimes feel we have to go all out and then when we don’t find the time to go all out, we end up not doing anything at all. SIMPLIFY! Get your kids involved and create a month your kids will never forget!!

What are some of your best ideas for doing the 12 Days of Christmas?