As mentioned last week, this post kicks off a theme based on The 12 Days of Christmas (these components worked well for this article but, if you celebrate other than Christmas or not at this time of year, you can adapt to whatever your family has going on over the coming weeks)… Have fun!
“On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree…”
Well, it’s not the season for growing a pear tree. But it is a great time to read and cook.
Pull out one of your cookbooks (actual book) don’t just search online and find a recipe that uses pears or you could convert, like the trusted and tried Apple Crisp but use pears instead. Yum!
Take a picture or your delicious dish.
“On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Two turtle doves…”
See if you can find a dove holiday decoration. Or make one with a piece of paper, drawing the side view of a dove in two place (or once and photocopy), cut these out and glue to each side of an empty toilet paper roll (make sure the head is on side of roll, tail can hang off the end), put a ribbon around the bird images neck (which is why you need to have glued the head on roll so you have sturdy part to tie ribbon) and hang on your tree. Great fun with kids!
Take a picture of your creation.
“On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Three French hens…”
Time to take a breather! Open a can or package of your favourite chicken (sub for hen) soup, grab your favourite book, and curl up on your most comfy chair with your cup of soup and book (and maybe a furry friend) for at least 3 x10 minutes!!
On a stickie note, write a few words that say what you favourite things to do are.
“On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four calling birds…”
Call a friend or four that you haven’t talked to in a while, a neighbour to say hi, someone living alone to check in. Take time to make those personal connections voice to voice!
On a scrap piece of paper, write what else you can do to make someone else’s day a great day.
“On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Five gold rings…”
Draw five rings on a piece of paper or cardboard if you have it. In each ring write a word that means gratitude to you. If you don’t have access to a place that can laminate the paper or cardboard, you could put the paper in a clear plastic bag, trim the bag and tape it. Punch a hole in the top and add a ribbon. And, you have a bookmark.
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“On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Six geese a laying…”
Busy day! How about breakfast for dinner! Crack a few eggs for supper. Or, feeling adventurous, look up a recipe in that cookbook you found and try a new egg recipe. It could even be dessert!
Take a picture of your family working together on this meal.
“On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Seven swans a swimming…”
Instead of swimming, all the indoor pools are closed, try taking a bath. Not a good idea to bring in your electronics, so yes – grab a printed book. Immerse yourself in a brief bit of relaxation (or more) and a great story!
On a stickie note, jot a few notes about what you’d like to do differently in future.
“On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eight maids a milking…”
Nothing like hot chocolate made with your favourite milk, dairy or otherwise, add a few bits of dark chocolate and microwave until melted and warm, stir and top with 8 marshmallows (if you like). Grab your journal and jot down whatever ideas come into your head. You never know, it might be the start of the next great novel.
Take a picture of the page with your favourite thought.
“On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Nine ladies dancing…”
Time to get active! Put on your favourite music and just dance, silly moves and all. Great fun with the kids!! Snap some candid pictures, print them out and make some comic book pages with your kids by pasting the pictures on separate pages, adding comments bubbles and words. Hang onto these pages.
“On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Ten lords a leaping…”
Leaping, dancing – close? More pictures!
“On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping…”
Did all that dancing and leaping, make your hungry. Time for cookies or a cake if you like! Find a picture of a fancy decorated cookie or cake and a recipe for icing that you can pipe. Make a piping bag out of a clear plastic freezer bag or parchment paper, bake your favourite treat, and have fun piping the icing on to try and match the picture you found or your own creative design.
Take a picture and this could be the cover for your 12-days memories book.
“On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming…”
Drum roll please … Now put all your notes, pictures, scraps of paper together (glue on bigger pages as necessary) and staple all the pages together. Or, put all in a scrapbook. Now you have a book of memories during the busiest time of year, to remind you of some of the important things in your life.
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