The Twelve Days of Christmas (no partridge or pear tree required)

December 15, 2011

We all know the familiar carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” – you may be humming it at this very moment! This holiday classic is the basis for this month’s creativity prompt. 

Just like the melody we all know by heart, the directions are easy to follow:

Every day for 12 days, you will follow the lines of the song, but rather than the quirky and utterly space consuming gifts (like 8 maids-a-milking!), you will make note of simple, positive things you notice about yourself each day – big and small.

Storage suggestion: write each day’s “gifts” on a small slip of paper, fold and place in a jar or box until January. Here are some examples of gifts starting with Day One of  The Twelve Days of Christmas:

Day One: “On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” This is where you take note of just 1 positive act, thought, or idea you had that day. It could be something as simple as, “I remembered to say ‘Thank you’ to the grocery clerk after he chased me to deliver the bag I left behind,” or “I gave up that prime parking space to the mom with the car full of weary little shoppers.”

Day Two: “On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” Following the familiar theme, this day you record 2 items. Maybe today was a day you made the choice not to cave to the perfection pressure and you bought store-bought cookies for an event rather than adding one more stressor to your plate by making homemade fudge! Perhaps you sent a card to an old friend or distant relative just to make their holiday a little brighter.

Day Three: “On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…” You’re rolling now—hopefully you’re starting to notice the little things that mean a lot throughout your days. Today’s list of 3 might include things like: made myself some delicious hot chocolate; told someone “I love you”; dropped some coins in a red bucket and told the bell ringer, “Merry Christmas” rather than ignoring them.

Keep on going for the next 9 days. By day 12, you guessed it! You’ll have 78 positive things that are all about your goodness – things that you’ve noticed about yourself during this somewhat hectic holiday season. Remember, the items on your list can be creatively simple or deep and meaningful. Once you’ve completed your The Twelve Days of Christmas, put the slips of paper away until January.

Once the holiday frenzy has passed and the blueness of winter is knocking at your door, look over your little gifts from The Twelve Days of Christmas. To make the experience more delicious, I suggest that you open each day’s “gifts” (slips of paper) for twelve consecutive days, keeping the spirit of gift giving and the joy of receiving gifts alive into your new year.

Feel free to share with me and other sweet readers what you noticed on any one of the given 12 days.  We’d love to hear about it!

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Robert Mooney December 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm

On the first day of Kwanza, my true love (ok, good friend) gave to me…a teapot and a mind-bending footrub (amateur reflexology). I love you my little exuberant skipper. Enjoy the sunny spring weather.–R

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