12 days of christmas ornaments
December 15, 2010
Last year, my Christmas craft idea was to make an ornament(s) for each of the 12 days of Christmas inspired by Brian Wildsmith's beautiful book.
The project was a lot of fun until about day 9 at which point my 2 year old lost interest in the crafting and the number of ornaments got a little out of control...but I pressed on and finished it! You can read about each day and ornament here.
I didn't know if I should save the ornaments or toss them out last year (everything was made from items from the recycle box), but ended up keeping them (pack rat that I am.)
Most of them held up pretty well and it was so much more fun to just hang them on our tree while singing the song together than trudging through 12 days of crafting again!
Juliet has no memory of the making of the ornaments--she was genuinely surprised and intrigued by all of them as we pulled them out of the box. In particular, she fell in love with the two turtledoves and their bird house. (She's been using it as a fairy house.)
Last year, I was convinced that I would never find another version of the 12 days of Christmas as beautiful or inspiring as Wildsmith's, but as luck would have it, I stumbled across this little gem at goodwill a few months ago.
The Twelve Days of Christmas A Christmas Carol illustrated by Sheilah Beckett
The only reason I didn't embark on yet another 12 days of Christmas crafting craze inspired by these illustrations is the fact that I have a 2 month old that requires all of my energy and then some. So maybe next year.
I especially love all of the woman's beautiful outfits--they are different on every page! (Rather than a bunch of birds as gifts, I'd love to have 12 days of clothing gifts!)
Juliet likes how "they get married" at the end. Each page is so detailed, it's fun to just look at the pictures even without singing the song.
Do you have a favorite book version of this song or an ornament to share?