Here is something new we started last year. I found this idea on line somewhere, but I’m still trying to modify it for our family. We give the kids small presents until the Feast of the Epiphany. On January 6th, the Three Wise Men leave the kids a present to be enjoyed by the whole family. It’s a tradition we have kept from my childhood in Puerto Rico.

ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…a partridge in a
pear tree. Sorry, but we can’t find the partridge, so we are givng you some
pears from the tree the partridge flew away from. (Give them each 1 can of pears)

ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…two turtle
doves…but dont’ have any…will candy turtles with a bar of Dove soap do?
( A box of candy turtles.)

ON THE THIRD DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…three French
hens…well, we don’t have any French hens, so we’re giving you some chicken
noodle soup, compliments of the three French hens. (3 cans of chicken
noodle soup).

ON THE FOURTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…four calling
birds…we can’t find those calling birds though! Here are 4 messages they left
for you before they flew off! (list 4 things describing what a wonderful
person they are)

ON THE FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…five golden
rings, but sorry, we’re too poor for golden rings, but will some golden
pineapple rings do? (5 cans of pineapple rings, with 6 kids, it’s the perfect snack for the day, or as my kids suggested, a ring pop for each of them)

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…six geese a
laying, but we know you don’t really want the mess of six geese all over your
house, do you? How about some eggs that they left behind! (Give them a half
dozen eggs, boiled of course)

ON THE SEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…seven swans a
swimming! OK, we looked for the swans, but couldn’t find them, but we did find
some bubble bath they used while they were swimming! (A large bottle of bubble
bath)

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…eight maids
a-milking. Here is some milk we got from the eight maids — we think they must
have been milking some brown cows! (Give them a container of chocolate milk)

ON THE NINTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…nine ladies
dancing…Here are some canes used by the nine ladies who were out dancing all
night! (Nine candy canes)

ON THE TENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: your true love gave to you…ten
lords-a-leapin’ – here are some jacks, the ball will be jumping instead of leapin’. (Give the kids a pack of jacks.) 

ON THE ELEVENTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…eleven pipers
piping, so here is a pipe of your own, have fun with it, but don’t "blow" the
whole day! (A bubble pipe and bubble solution)

ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS, your true love gave to you…twelve drummers
drumming, but we figured twelve drummers drumming would take up way too much
room, so we drummed up some cookies for you…hope they keep this from being
just another hum-"drum" day for you! (Give them a plate of cookies)

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