Here is something new we started last year. I found these cute gift ideas 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. You can find most of these at the dollar store. The kids really enjoyed doing this last year. Since we had a baby a few weeks ago, I wasn’t able to get out much to buy these gifts, so we won’t be doing this, but hopefully we can next year.

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 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)

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! (Some bottles 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! (Make some hot chocolate)

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! (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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