On December 13th, there are officially 12 days left until Christmas…I know, scary.
So, if you’d like to do the “12 days of Christmas” for someone–there are plenty of fun ways.
My personal favorite approach is the one that has the little nativity pieces and scriptures or verses to go along with it. I found this darling Nativity set at Walgreen’s for only $4.99. At that price–I bought a couple. Please don’t buy an ugly nativity. You’ve seen them–where even the sheep look like they’re being pinched. Cute is so much better.
What you’ll need:
1- 11 or 12 piece Nativity Set
1- Star Ornament
12 Cello bags
Raffia or Curly Ribbon
Small candy treats (optional)
Anyway, so you will pick a neighbor or friend that you would like to give a gift to each night until the 24th of December. Now choose carefully– because if you pick someone that is too far away you may miss a night and that will really screw things up. Someone up the street a few houses is perfect because you can drop off the treat and run. Less chance of getting caught when there’s no car involved. Be sure to let the kids help.
Since each nativity set can be slightly different–you know, one will have a shepherd and donkey and another will have two sheep and a cow–so you have to be flexible. A decent knowledge of the Christmas Story would be helpful as well. I’ve made it easier for you. Just click on the Scripture tags..you’ll see.
Once you’ve chosen your family, you make up the bags. It is so much easier and less stressful if you make all 12 bags in one sitting.
Wrap the ornaments and put one in each bag.
If you choose to add treats make sure you have enough for the family. Try to keep your son from swiping the Cream Savers.
Add curly ribbon or raffia–for fluff. Print and cut out the scripture tags and attach one to the appropriate bag. The order I chose to use was:
Day 1 Joseph
Day 2 Mary
Day 3 Lamb
Day 4 Lamb
Day 5 Angel
Day 6 Manger
Day 7 Ox
Day 8 Wiseman
Day 9 Star
Day 10 Wiseman
Day 11 Wiseman
Day 12 Baby Jesus
Deliver one each night for 12 nights– the last one being baby Jesus on the 24th.