I've seen lots of different versions of the 12 days of Christmas but I wanted to share with you how my family celebrated the 12 days leading up to the big day this year. I can guarantee that this is a version of the 12 days of Christmas like no other. I didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of useless things for my family that they would never use just to mark the special days. Instead, I decided to get creative and see if we could EAT our way through the 12 days of Christmas. Turns out - we could - we did - and it was delicious.
For those of you who need a little reminder of the song that I used as my inspiration - here it is:
A partridge in a pear tree,
Two turtle doves,
Three french hens,
Four calling birds,
Five gold rings,
Six geese a-laying
Seven swans a-swimming,
Eight maids a-milking,
Nine ladies dancing,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Eleven pipers piping,
Twelve drummers drumming.
Day one was pretty easy - a pear seemed like the perfect way to celebrate a partridge in a pear tree.
As for day two - we induldged in a couple of chocolate turtles of course. Mmmmm. Two turtle (doves) never tasted so good.
Day three we had our own version of french hens. Well, ours weren't so much "French" as they were cornish.
I had to get a little more creative for 4 calling birds. We celebrated with trail mix which admittedly, was a bit of a stretch but trail mix resembles bird seed so I just went with it.
Day five we ate 5 gold rings. That's right - FIVE GOLD RINGS!!! YUM!!
Day six we had the most delicious omelettes. What better way to celebrate 6 geese a laying?
Seven swans a swimming stumped me for a while too. I finally decided to serve goldfish on day seven because goldfish swim too.
Day eight was one of our favorites. Warm homemade cookies and ice cold milk was perfect for 8 maids-a-milking.
Day 10 was lords a leaping and so I chose a food that "leaps" - gummy frogs of course.
Day eleven we celebrated pipers piping with piping hot mugs of cocoa of course.
Day 12 was perhaps the easiest of all to plan. Mini ice cream drumsticks were the perfect way to commerate 12 drummers drumming.
It's not too late to start your very own 12 Days of Christmas celebration. I know that you will enjoy eating your way through Christmas as much as we did. Oh, and if you come up with some new and unique ways to eat your way through the song - let me know. I'd love to hear them.
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