12 Days of Christmas


I love the 12 Days of Christmas poem and the many things you can do with it! You can use these ideas to do together as a family, mail one at a time or all together, do with your youth at church, as girlfriends for a friend who needs a lift, the possibles are endless!

12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas for Grandparents – Wrap up these 12 gifts and mail them to your grandparents or great-grandparents this Christmas. I did this years ago for all the Grandparents and it was a huge hit! Here’s the link to the Gift Tags for the 12 Days of Christmas for Grandparents.

12 Days with a Nativity – You can use this 2 different ways:

1. As a gift: Wrap the corresponding nativity piece with it’s poem or story.
2. As an advent with your family: Add one piece to your nativity set a day and read the poem or story together.

I’ve done all the work for you, simply Click here to print out all the poems and attach one to each Nativity character.

12 Days of Christmas (ring and run) – Here is an activity to do with the children. These items are inexpensive, easy, and some times silly.

Buy the items, make their tags, and have the kids start dropping them off, one each day of course, to a special friend on December 13. Do this after dark, or leave them on the porch when they aren’t home, and don’t get caught! This is a good way to that giving can be fun.

Altered State of Mind has her version of the 12 Days Ring & Run.

Kathy also shared her 12 Days of Christmas ring & run.

Mommy Life has some easy and inexpensive 12 Days of Christmas gift ideas.

If you still haven’t found the 12 Days that you’re looking for, Little Crafty Things has 3 more versions for you to check out.

About.com has a fun Gag 12 Days of Christmas with printable tags.

Scrappy Cafe made a little mailbox that has 12 days worth of activities for her family to do together this season.

Marie hooked us up with a tutorial on how to make this 12 Days Garland. It’s homemade sour cream containers disguised as the 12 Days of Christmas! Make 12 mini sour cream containers, fill with 3-4 small treats (like Hershey Kisses).

Lisa made this star card out of the 12 Days of Christmas.

Lucky Bug turned her 12 Days Stamped cards into wall decor and a fun gift idea.

How fun are these 12 Days of Christmas cupcakes from Lola’s! Yummy!

Going along with the countdown theme, here’s 31 Things To Do at Christmas time.

Feel free to tweak these ideas to accommodate your budget and gift ideas. You can do this on a small scale or as OTT (over the top) as you want!


  1. Comment-Anonymous Lori

    Cute ideas!

  2. Comment-Anonymous Diana

    I just love this 12 Days of Christmas thing!!

  3. Comment-Anonymous lisa

    Great ideas! Thanks!!

  4. Comment-Anonymous Jujita

    I heart the ring and run! What a marvelous tradition to start with your children.

  5. Comment-Anonymous Christina

    My family did 12 days of small Christmas gifts for friends one year, and it was SO much fun! They couldn’t figure out who was doing it.

    Then a few years later some friends did it for us. What fun!

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