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Need ideas for how to celebrate the “Twelve Days of Christmas”?

Twelve Days of Christmas

“Twelve Days of Christmas” is a classic holiday song that features a series of gifts given over twelve days (starting Christmas Day, December 25, through to Epiphany, January 6). If you’re looking for creative and modern ideas to adapt the concept for gift-giving or activities, here are some suggestions:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Treats:

On the first day: Homemade cookies.
On the second day: A box of assorted chocolates.
On the third day: Hot cocoa mix with marshmallows.
Continue with various sweet treats for the remaining days.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Kindness:

On each day, perform a different act of kindness for someone else.
Examples include volunteering, sending a thoughtful message, or helping with a task.

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Memories:

Create a scrapbook or photo album featuring a special memory for each day.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Self-Care:

Treat yourself to different self-care activities each day, such as a bubble bath, a hike, or a favorite movie night.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Books:

Gift a different book each day, tailored to the recipient’s interests.

Treat yourself to read twelve new or favorite books, one per day, while snuggled by the fire with a cup of cocoa.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Adventure:

Plan a mini adventure or outing for each day, such as a hike, museum visit, or exploring a new part of town.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Music:

Share a playlist or a new song each day.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Fitness:

Provide a different fitness challenge or workout routine for each day.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of DIY Gifts:

Make a handmade gift for each day, such as a personalized ornament, a knitted scarf, or a painted mug.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Technology:

Gift a tech gadget or accessory each day, like headphones, a phone stand, or a smart home device.

Alternatively consider unplugging for twelve days to spend more quality time with your loved ones.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Greenery:

Give a different plant or bouquet of flowers each day to bring nature indoors.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings
Four calling birds
Three french hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree

Twelve Days of Relaxation:

Provide relaxation-themed gifts like scented candles, essential oils, or a cozy blanket (code JOY800 saves you $8) for each day.

Feel free to mix and match these ideas based on the preferences and interests of the person you are celebrating with.

When Do the Twelve Days of Christmas Begin?

The Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day (December 25) through to January 6 (Epiphany).

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Lyrics to “Twelve Days of Christmas” were copied from Genius.com. No copyright infringement intended.