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12 Days of Christmas

12 days of Christmas ideas

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This year I’m starting a new tradition for the holiday season – The 12 Days of Christmas. I have so many awesome memories of how my parents made the holidays magical for us growing up and I want to do the same for my boys. So this year, the 12 days leading up to Christmas, we are going to do something fun and festive every day.

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Below I’m sharing how we are celebrating The 12 Days of Christmas. It’s a fun way to count down to Christmas. We do the traditional chocolate advent calendars too but this is more exciting! (If you’re looking for advent calendars, I’ve got some I rounded up here).  Now the goal is just to have fun and make memories with your little ones, not to add more stress to your already full plate. You can be as simple or as creative as you want.

How to plan your 12 days of Christmas

1.)  First, think of 12 fun activities that you want to do with your kids.

If you’re in need of ideas, check out our holiday bucket list below. (And if baking cookies is on your list, check out this list of 16 of the best Christmas treats!)

Christmas bucket list


2.) Write those ideas down or type them up on 12 separate pieces of paper.

3.) Next I got 12 boxes and placed a piece of each paper with an idea in each box. Then I wrapped them like presents.

4.) I numbered 12 gift tags and put them on each corresponding gift box and placed them under the tree.


How it works:

Starting on December 13th, each day leading up to Christmas we will open one of the gifts and do the activity inside. That’s it! It’s all about having fun with your kids and giving them something they will remember in years to come.


I’m linking some fun things to help celebrate the 12 days of Christmas below:

5 more sleeps til Christmas color your own Christmas cookies felt Christmas tree for kids christmas pajamas for the family


For more holiday ideas check out:

My Holiday Gift Guides

This delicious Christmas Tree Dip

Homemade Irish Cream – makes a great homemade hostess gift

Homemade salt dough ornaments


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  • Reply
    Anne Murphy
    December 11, 2019 at 7:19 am

    I love a 12 Days of Christmas and did one for my blog many years ago. I’m doing one now in my FB Group The Blogpreneur. It’s a great way to get people in the Christmas spirit especially when it’s such a busy time. Something to look forward to.

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    December 11, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Great Idea!
    I have a Christmas bucket list and this tradition would fit perfectly to celebrate the activities! Thanks for sharing!

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    November 7, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Such a cute post! Love this, and will definitely be doing some of those on the list! I fed reindeer last year!

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      November 8, 2022 at 6:33 am

      awww so fun!

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    LaRena Fry
    November 8, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    What a fabulous list and idea. Saving for later.

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    November 9, 2022 at 9:14 am

    I love these ideas.

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    November 22, 2023 at 9:29 am

    These are great! I love that it’s not the whole month. I think 12 days is very doable during a busy month like December!

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