Every year, the Twelve Days of Christmas starts on December 13th?!
This year, I sent a package to a brother-in-law that lives far away. Each day, there is a Christmas story to read along with a coordinating treat. Below is the list of stories and a description of the treat that goes with it.
Day 2: Rudolph---That Amazing Reindeer (reindeer marshmallows)
Day 3: An Older Brother's Gift (candy book)
Day 4: The Other Wise Man (candy ring "jewels")
Day 5: Christmas Day In The Morning (cow tales)
Day 6: In Shepherd's Field (pooping sheep)
Day 7: The Christmas Orange (chocolate orange)
Day 8: A Christmas Gift For Jesus (chocolate dollars)
Day 9: Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect (Peep Christmas trees)
Day 10: Christmas On The Rhine (gingerbread men)
Day 11: A Brother Like That (race car candies)
not pictured--Day 12: The Legend of the Candy Cane (candy canes)
I searched all around town to find coordinating candies. I had the best luck at places like Rite-Aid, Shopko, Dollar Tree, and local grocery stores. Big stores like Wal-Mart just don't carry as many unique candies.
I wrapped each candy individually, rolled up the story for that day and attached a tag that says what day it is supposed to be opened.
I also included this poem:
We thought this present would be good to get you in the Christmas mood. Each day there's a story, they're all really neat. Along with each story there's a special treat. Open each package one by one We hope it brings lots of Christmas fun!
I made this gift again in 2011! For an alternate story/treat idea and different candy options, click here.