Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas (without going crazy)

Looking for memorable ways to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, without wearing yourself thin? Here are a few simple ideas.

God became Man to redeem mankind. It’s a simply staggering fact. It’s such an important part of our faith, we have chosen to celebrate Christmas for 12 days.

That decision relieves a lot of the pressure I used to feel from trying to cram so much into such a short time. It also means thinking of ideas to celebrate for 12 whole days, without driving this minimalist Mama crazy.

If you’d like to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, but find the thought overwhelming, here are few ideas to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas simply. 

On each of the days of Christmas, the children have a surprise in their stocking. It isn’t always a gift. Sometimes it’s a certificate for a family activity. Sometimes it’s a note letting them know we’re hosting friends. Sometimes it’s a group game or gift. Sometimes it’s an opportunity to serve others together.

Here’s a peak at my plans for this year. (Assuming, of course, that I don’t come down with a terrible bug on New Years!)

Simple Ideas to Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas

  • Day 1: Celebrate with extended family.
  • Day 2: Make a Christmas-themed craft together.
  • Day 3: Buy a new game for the family. Play it together while eating homemade caramel corn (without corn syrup).
  • Day 4: Make cookies and bring it to someone we wanted to visit before Christmas, but couldn’t find time to.
  • Day 5: Give everyone a new book. (These are our favorite storybooks.) Read them aloud.
  • Day 6: Host a movie night of an old family favorite, like Follow Me Boys.
  • Day 7: Go bowling as a family.
  • Day 8: Sponsor a gift for children in need.
  • Day 9: Let them pick a family to invite over for dinner. Make it a feast.
  • Day 10: Give them passes for a favorite place (zoo, museum, amusement park, etc.)
  • Day 11: Go to the theater and watch a family movie together.
  • Day 12: (Twelfth Night) Celebrate Jesus being manifested to the Gentiles by hosting an internationally-themed potluck. Have each friend bring a favorite ethnic dish, dress up (if they want) and play fun ethnic music while we feast together. (If I’m feeling really ambitious, put on a skit of the wise men worshipping Christ.)

Looking for simple ways to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas? Here's how I keep it simple but memorable.

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As you can see, making the 12 days of Christmas a memorable occasion for your children doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Use these simple ideas to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas while relaxing and enjoying the holiday.

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