Advertisements

12 Days of Delight

A few years ago my cousin and I were both struggling to come up with memorable Christmas gifts for our mothers.  Both of our  Moms are practical and modest; both have their “needs” met.  Daughters of the Depression, neither would ever ask for … more.

Racking our brains, we created a new tradition:  Let’s do the 12 Days of Christmas!  (Renamed the 12 Days of Delight!)

And with that, our plan was hatched. We’d scour the earth to find 12 unique gifts, wrap them individually and number them from 1 to 12.  We’d ship a package to each of them with STRICT instructions to begin opening their gifts – one per day – 12 days ahead of Christmas (December 14th) with the last present being saved for Christmas morning.

image from Pinterest.com

It didn’t take us long to toss the idea of coordinating our 12 gifts with partridges, Lords-a-Leaping and geese. Instead we shopped for our girls considering their own individual tastes and interests.  Her Mom (my Aunt Irene) loves girly-girl stuff, singer Johnny Reid and black licorice.  My Mom enjoys books, gourmet nuts and favors songbirds and politics.   A sampling of our inexpensive array of gifts included:  slippers, tea towels, bath products, a new wallet with $$ tucked inside, books, hot chocolate, candy, word search games, pajamas and other clothing.

Both ladies enjoyed the game very much but when my Mom softly commented, “it’s just so much” I listened and, next year, trimmed hers down to the “6 days of Christmas” (she opens 1 present every other day until Christmas and seems much more comfortable with this version).  My Auntie? Don’t you touch her 12! She lines up her gifts and displays them proudly to all visitors who stop by.  We’ve adjusted as we’ve gone along and it’s worked out just fine.

Sometimes, in spite of our best intentions, distance separates us from loved ones and it’s just harder to accept at the holidays.  Sometimes the person you want to “do” for already has what they need. This is just a fun little exercise that lets your intended know they’re thought of every day.  That you’re right with them, smiling and delighting, loving them and enjoying a special tradition .. together.

P.S.  –the 12 days of Delight is easily adapted for children and other adults.  Have a niece who won’t be home this Christmas?  Know someone with a spouse in the Military?   Someone who might need a little extra TLC this holiday season? I promise you, the 12 days of Delight delivers.

 * * *

Have you started any new holiday traditions?   

Advertisements
Categories: Attitude, Family, Fun, Holidays, Home, Mom, Relationships, Traditions, Uncategorized | Tags: , | 19 Comments

Post navigation

19 thoughts on “12 Days of Delight

  1. LOVE this idea! My elderly parents live here in town, but a little gift to open each day would be something of fun and interest that they’d talk about for the rest of the day. Thanks so much for posting this. You got me to thinkin’….

    • I’m so glad you liked it, Anita. It’s super easy to do … for example, I ‘time’ one of my gifts so that it coincides with the day Mom goes to lunch with her church friends. That gift is usually candy + a $10 for her lunch. It’s a neat/easy idea and there are endless gifts to tie in with it. Have fun and do let me know how it goes over .. if you do it that is.

      MJ

  2. What a great idea! It does get hard to find the right gifts for people who have what they need. I love the thought of a daily surprise to anticipate and enjoy during the holiday season! ~ Sheila

  3. What a wonderful idea!!

  4. Love the idea and may try the six days for my grandsons.
    Thank you for the inspiration.

  5. This is such a wonderful idea! I can imagine how much your Mom and your aunt have enjoyed this. Hopefully I can adapt this to brighten the days of a cousin, in a nursing home, fighting cancer. A friend and I are constantly looking for ways to cheer her. Thank you!

    • There you go! I hope you give it a try, Dianna and please let me know how it went over. This has brought us – the gift givers – a lot of unexpected delights, too.

      Cheers to you, MJ

      • MJ, We’ve decided to have a “12 days of blessings” for my cousin. We’re asking family, friends and former co-workers to write a light-hearted/ uplifting/funny memory or thought about her. We’ll gather them in a basket and take them to her. Thank you so much for this idea!

      • Oh I love that, Dianna 🙂 Thank you for letting me know … Hugs to you and your cousin, MJ

  6. This is really nice and I like the idea that it brings back the actual meaning of the holiday season such as family rather than receiving gifts. I think we may do something like this for this year. Maybe with the 8 nights of Hanukkah.

    • Yes! I was thinking that this could easily translate into 8 nights of Hanukkah… you have lots of leeway on gift ideas, there’s no set $$ limit so it’s easily do-able for all. Example: a friend does the “Dollar Store 12 days of Christmas” for her elderly father. He absolutely loves the “treasures” *and needed items* she finds for him at the Dollar store.

      Have fun with it 🙂 MJ

  7. What a great idea! Wish I had known about this while my parents were still spending Christmas in Arizona. This year they decided to stay home through Christmas, then go where it’s warm.

    Still, I’ll bet I could do something like this for them, even though they are close by this year. (And I’d prefer it that way!)

    • I hesitated to post this so soon (1 day after Thanksgiving) but with my Mom being so far away I have to assemble everything now. In fact, I just mailed her package last week. If you do this, I hope you let me know how it goes 🙂 MJ

  8. What a lovely idea that can be personalized for people in the military or words of encouragement for a friend suffering a loss. You come up with the most thoughtful ways of saying ‘I care’.

    • Well it was me and my super talented cousin who put our noggins together and came up with this — but you could take it so many ways. Our moms have had fun with it but I’ll tell you a little secret: it’s just as much fun for us!

      If you have someone in mind that will benefit, I hope you’ll circle back and let me know how it went over 🙂

      Cheers! MJ

  9. While the Twelve Days of Christmas carol is hundreds of years old, the tradition of giving gifts during these days is even older. In fact, the Twelve Days have a fascinating history that reaches back thousands of years, intertwining with the holiday festivities and midwinter rituals of many cultures.

Please share your thoughts:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Connie Rosser Riddle

Connecting with people in my path

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

A New Day Dawns

Arise, shine, for your light has come...Isaiah 60

Virginia Views

Country Living for Beginners

Waiting for the Karma Truck

thoughts on the spaces in between

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Kate's views on life edited by four opinionated cats

Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Life Is A Journey... Not A Guided Tour

My Journey From Merchant Mariner to Mother, And Spiritual Being.

notquiteold

Nancy Roman

Flamidwyfe's Blog

Midwifing women all over the world!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Care Packages for Deployed U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, First Responders & Military Children

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time...Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!

She's A Maineiac

just another plaid-wearin' java-sippin' girl

The View Out Here

A view in pictures, from me to you

I also live on a farm

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Undercover Surfer

...random thoughts and images overflowing from my brain

Wordsmith's Desk

some thoughts along the way

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

music, poetry, musings, photography and philosophy from a woman who found her way back home and wants you to come over for a hike and a cocktail.

Georgette Sullins's Blog

My view of the cow parade

these days of mine

Stop in and see what's happening during these days of mine

Writingfeemail's Blog

Random observations on writing and life

Grace and Life

Looking for grace notes in life's journey...

When I Ride...

How life coaches me as I ride...

RICH RIPLEY

EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS...

Connie Rosser Riddle

Connecting with people in my path

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

A New Day Dawns

Arise, shine, for your light has come...Isaiah 60

Virginia Views

Country Living for Beginners

Waiting for the Karma Truck

thoughts on the spaces in between

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Kate's views on life edited by four opinionated cats

Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Life Is A Journey... Not A Guided Tour

My Journey From Merchant Mariner to Mother, And Spiritual Being.

notquiteold

Nancy Roman

Flamidwyfe's Blog

Midwifing women all over the world!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Care Packages for Deployed U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, First Responders & Military Children

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time...Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!

She's A Maineiac

just another plaid-wearin' java-sippin' girl

The View Out Here

A view in pictures, from me to you

I also live on a farm

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Undercover Surfer

...random thoughts and images overflowing from my brain

Wordsmith's Desk

some thoughts along the way

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

music, poetry, musings, photography and philosophy from a woman who found her way back home and wants you to come over for a hike and a cocktail.

Georgette Sullins's Blog

My view of the cow parade

these days of mine

Stop in and see what's happening during these days of mine

Writingfeemail's Blog

Random observations on writing and life

Grace and Life

Looking for grace notes in life's journey...

When I Ride...

How life coaches me as I ride...

RICH RIPLEY

EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS...

Connie Rosser Riddle

Connecting with people in my path

Atypical 60

A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!

A New Day Dawns

Arise, shine, for your light has come...Isaiah 60

Virginia Views

Country Living for Beginners

Waiting for the Karma Truck

thoughts on the spaces in between

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat

Kate's views on life edited by four opinionated cats

Renee Johnson Writes

Novelist, Traveler, and More

Life Is A Journey... Not A Guided Tour

My Journey From Merchant Mariner to Mother, And Spiritual Being.

notquiteold

Nancy Roman

Flamidwyfe's Blog

Midwifing women all over the world!

Operation Gratitude Blog

Care Packages for Deployed U.S. Troops, Veterans, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, First Responders & Military Children

Hot Rod Cowgirl

Riding Through Life One Horse At A Time...Courage Is Being Scared To Death But Saddling Up Anyway!

She's A Maineiac

just another plaid-wearin' java-sippin' girl

The View Out Here

A view in pictures, from me to you

I also live on a farm

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Undercover Surfer

...random thoughts and images overflowing from my brain

Wordsmith's Desk

some thoughts along the way

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

music, poetry, musings, photography and philosophy from a woman who found her way back home and wants you to come over for a hike and a cocktail.

Georgette Sullins's Blog

My view of the cow parade

these days of mine

Stop in and see what's happening during these days of mine

Writingfeemail's Blog

Random observations on writing and life

Grace and Life

Looking for grace notes in life's journey...

When I Ride...

How life coaches me as I ride...

RICH RIPLEY

EMPLOYEES MUST WASH HANDS...

%d bloggers like this: