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!
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:
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:
Coloring books and crayons
Fun lip gloss or chapstick
Dollar Store toys
Fun flavors of bubble gum
Jams and jellies
Chips and salsa or crackers and dip
Bottles of Rootbeer or other soda
Sparkling cider and plastic goblets
A fruit basket
Special Christmas ornaments
Scented hand soaps
Hand made items- like jewelry, blankets, hats, etc.
What are some of your best ideas for doing the 12 Days of Christmas?