The 12 Days of Christmas

Can you believe it is December? Can you believe that Christmas is only 17 days away? I am so happy about that and thought I could not possibly get any happier until, Callye aka Sweet Sugar Belle invited me to take part in The 12 Days of Christmas Project she organized! I asked her what day she wanted to to take and we agreed on the Seven Swans a Swimming!

The 12 Days of Christmas by

To see the tutorial on these click here. Thanks so much Callye for inviting me! I had a blast making these for you!

Now, here is how my husbands family celebrates The 12 Days of Christmas:

The 12 Days of Christmas by www.thebearfootbaker.comThis is my mother-in-law Shirley. She LOVES the 12 Days of Christmas and celebrates it every year by making big beautiful baskets with individually wrapped gifts for people. Each gift has a number on it so you open #1 on the first day and #2 on the second day until you get to day 12! How fun is that!! She defiantly knows how to spread Christmas cheer.

When my kids were small, she would make each one of them a basket of their own. They were so excited every morning to wake up and unwrap a present from grandma. I was thrilled because the gifts she gave would entertain them all day long and I could get cookies baked and gifts wrapped. The best part was to see the excitement on their little faces every morning. In case you are reading this Shirley, you gave me so many wonderful Christmas memories with my kids through you kindness and I love ya for it!

The 12 Days of Christmas by www.thebearfootbaker.comThis year, she decorated her entire house with in The 12 Days of Christmas. The living room has each day represented on the mantle and each room has a theme. Her bedroom is “5 golden rings”.

The 12 Days of Christmas by www.thebearfootbaker.comHer kitchen is “A Partridge in a Pear Tree” and well, you get the idea. I am loving that 12 days apron!

But to me, what makes this tradition so special is that she gives these baskets to people that may not be looking forward to Christmas. She gives these baskets to those that have had a rough year or to those who have lost a loved one. I can’t imagine how hard Christmas would be if I lost someone close to me but, having someone take the time to make me feel loved would help make the season a little brighter.

I just wanted to share Shirley’s Christmas tradition with you. I have seen the joy on the children’s faces and can’t wait to make this my tradition as well. Thanks Shirley for making Christmas bright!!!!

Happy Creating,