12 Ideas For Celebrating The 12 Days Of Christmas In 2021
In the church calendar, Christmas does not end on Christmas Day. It is only the beginning. Back in the days, Christmas lasted for 12 days (from December 25 to January 5) - a tradition from which we get the well-known Christmas song that many of us know by heart. During the winter holiday season, everywhere you go, you can hear about Two Turtle Doves, Seven Swans-a-Swimming, and Eleven Pipers Piping. However, besides being a festive tune, "The 12 Days of Christmas" also serves as an enjoyable and meaningful way to create a theme for your upcoming holiday activities with your family, friends, and colleagues.
To give you some inspiration on how to celebrate 12 Days of Christmas, we've rounded up a list of 12 ideas fit for any age, all vary in expense, time commitment, and complexity. The most important part is to have fun together – so there’s no need to take every verse of the classic carol literally. Let these ideas serve as a starting point, think outside of the box, and be more creative this year!
1. Write your own “12 Days of Christmas” carol
The winter holiday season is a time when simple pleasures often mean the most. If you have creative kids and a sense of humor, you can easily create your own lyrics of the classic holiday song – the Twelve Days of Christmas. Start with the gift of Jesus and then add angels, shepherds, and all of the words that pertain to Christmas or to winter in general.
2. Plan a special family day
This Christmas, try to plan an activity to do together as a family. Go on an outing, visit your local cathedral, view Christmas decorations at a beautiful church, attend a Christmas festival, make gingerbread houses, or select any other activity that allows you to spend some time feeling the joy of Christ’s birth with your beloved people.
3. Do an unconventional countdown
4. Go to a nursing home or visit the residents
5. Make Christmas cookies
6. Go Christmas caroling
Christmas caroling isn’t just for before Christmas, but it takes place during the surrounding Christmas holiday season, too. Organize your caroling event at a few homes or in your neighborhood during the 12 days of Christmas to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and spread as much holiday cheer as possible.
7. Open Christmas gifts throughout the 12 days of Christmas
8. Look through the Christmas cards together
9. Host a wine and cheese tasting party
Another great way to get into the spirit of Christmas after the big day is by hosting a wine and cheese tasting party with your friends. It’s a fun way to spend some time with your favorite people, and you may get to taste several wines you wouldn't otherwise have tried before. Adults deserve a Christmas gift, too!
10. Play outdoors
11. Make 12 Days Of Christmas dance
12. Celebrate the twelfth night
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We hope you found this article on 12 Days of Christmas activities helpful. No matter how you decide to celebrate, we wish you a wonderful, amazing, peaceful, and magical Christmas - all 12 days of it. Merry Christmas with lots of love!