Twelve Days of Christmas: A Story And A Treat

This year, I sent a Twelve Days of Christmas package to a brother-in-law and his family that live 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. (Includes affiliate links).

Twelve Days of Christmas

Day 1: A Christmas Family (red envelope filled with chocolate coins)
Day 2: Rudolph—That Amazing Reindeer (reindeer marshmallows or “muddy reindeer”)
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 or gingerbread Peeps)
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. Amazon also has a LOT of these candies. If you’re already ordering Christmas presents, adding a few of these on to your order would be easy peasy!

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.


The Twelve Days of Christmas

I made this gift again in 2011! For an alternate story/treat idea and different candy options, click here.
Due to the overwhelming number of requests,
I am no longer sending out the PDF version of the story.Β 
All 13 stories are now available in a Google Document!Β 
CLICK HEREΒ to open, view and print the stories.
Merry Christmas!
Note: Most school districts and many employers block access to Google Drive, so if the files won’t open for you, this might be why. Try downloading them again at home.
NEW IN 2015! FREE printable poem that explains the gift and matching numbered tags to label each day. Read all about it HERE.Β 

Twelve Days of Christmas Gift


  1. I often come over to your blog to check out your CUTE, CREATIVE crafty ideas. Thanks for sharing. I wish I would have visited earlier this month so I could see your 12 Days of Christmas—story/treat idea. I LOVE it! I will make sure to remember this for NEXT YEAR! Would it be okay if I mention your idea on my blog? I will link it up….THANKS AGAIN!

  2. Amberly:
    When I was shopping for the treats, I went to nearly every store in town. Seriously, it was a major scavenger hunt to find things.

    If I remember right, I found the Pooping sheep at Shopko and the dollar candy and race car candy from The Dollar Tree. If it helps, I saw dollar bill candy at my local Bed Bath and Beyond just a few weeks ago.

    Have fun!

    Jennifer from The Craft Patch

  3. Hi!!! I found your blog thru pintrest; and i'm so GRATEFUL for it! We are having our first Christmas with just us, we usually drive to California to spend it with my side of the family; but finances are tough and our car just can't handle the 16 hour drive anymore. So I want to make it REAL special for my kids (and myself of course πŸ˜‰ ) Thank you VERY MUCH, VERY VERY VERY MUCH for taking the time to share your talents πŸ™‚

  4. I would love a print ready copy of the stories! My uncle will be spending Christmas alone this year and this would make it so much better for him. What an incredibly sweet idea you are taking time to share! Thank you!!

  5. I found your blog via Pinterest, and I love it! In today's world, it so important to teach children the true meaning of Christmas. I would be so grateful if you would email the stories to me so that I may share them with my children. Thanks so much!!

  6. 'thank you so much for sharing. Just the thing i need for grandson in Korea. email is harrisgram Everything in your post was great. I have "pinned it". Georgia

  7. I just came across this on Pinterest and I am so wanting to do this with my family this year. My oldest officially knows "the truth" about Santa and I would like to make sure Christmas stays a magical and special time of year for him. Plus, we've just moved to Japan for 2 years and this is the first time we will not be with extended family for the holidays. I just hope I can find the treats to go along with the stories! Thanks for this wonderful idea πŸ™‚

  8. We have done something similar but we are tired of the same stories and so I would love to get a print ready copy of your stories to use with our families. THank you so much.

  9. I just found this on pintrest. I love it! I want to send this to my cousins family. Would you mind emailing me the stories? I would like to read have them while I go shopping, that way I can substitue treats if needed.. Thanks!

  10. Wow! I'm so excited about finding this on Pinterest. What a cute, and SO fun thing to do for Christmas…we for sure will include this in our traditions this year. Thank you so much for sharing this. I would love to have a copy of the stories if you wouldn't mind it would be appreciated! Have a Merry Christmas!

  11. Every year I look for ways to spend a few minutes together reading stories or scriptures. This is wonderful! Thank you. I would love a copy of the stories.

  12. This is such a wonderful idea! I have a dear neighbor family, and have been struggling on what i could do for them for Christmas. This would be just right. Thank you so much for the print out!

  13. I have a missionary out and I would love to send this to him. Can you please send me a copy of the stories?? THANKS SOOOO MUCH!!!

  14. Would love a copy of the stories. What a precious idea for family that lives far away… or for my own kids!
    emarie17 at yahoo dot com

  15. I LOVE this!!! Please send me the typed stories! Just had shoulder/rotator cuff surgery so I am looking for unique/fun activities to do with my class.

    PS – I am so glad my son is in Omaha for finals this week – I am sure he will love to help find these items!!!

  16. you are so sweet to share this. I know a lot of time and work went into it! πŸ™‚ I know it's such short notice, but if you could e-mail both of the 12 days of Christmas to me I would love to be able to do it for some families! Thank you so much!

  17. Thank you sooo much for this great idea! I didn't realize until I copied & pasted most of the stories myself, but the link for "the other wise man" was broken & I couldn't find a printable version. If you could possibly just email that story only (# 4) I would greatly appreciate it!!

    Our family has already started & it is a big hit. I think this will be our new yearly tradition!

    Thanks again!

  18. I do ready your blog, my computer has been down. I know I'm already late this year, but I would love your stories. What a GREAT 12 days idea on budget. Thanks for sharing your hard work.
    deanmonson at hotmail dot com
    Im amber

  19. What a cute idea! We will have a baby of our own next Christmas and I'd love to do this in our home. Please email me the stories. πŸ™‚
    Lishak2005 (at) gmail (dot) com

  20. please email me your Christmas stories for the 12 days of Christmas. Some of them are no longer available when you click on the sites. I know I missed Christmas but just ran across your fantastic site and now I can plan ahead for next year. Thank you.
    I'm Marjoee and My email is

  21. Loved the idea. Going to use as a family story gift for my young married children to have in their home for future use. Will give them the stoires and candies so they have a sample. Easy gift when it is our turn for Christmas, love to do the homemade and easy useful gifts. I would love an e-mail of the stories as a few of them have been removed from the web. Thanks!!

  22. I would love a copy of this. I love this idea and it is perfect for our family in Alaska. Thank you so much!!!

  23. I am planning things early for this upcoming year! I think that this idea is fantastic and you are amazing for putting it all together. I would love to have a copy of the stories please- – whenever you get a chance would be great.

    Thank you again!

  24. If this is still available I would truly love to receive a copy. I ran across your page tonight and this is an amazing idea!!! CritterDaze
    Thank You So Much!!!

  25. This is the awesomest idea ever! I love it!!
    I read the first story and CRIED! Seriously! Lol! I love this and will definitely be doing this with my family and sharing with loved ones.
    If you are still offering printable versions of the stories, I would love to have them! My email address is
    Thank you for sharing this!!

  26. It's that time again to start on the homemade presents for my husbands annual Sibling Christmas Exchange! I'm totally doing this idea!! I'm so excited! I'd love a copy of the stories! Thanks for your hard work and willingness to share your creativity!

  27. I love this idea!!!! So anxious to do this with my daughter this year for Christmas!!!! My e-mail is lesleysnorris Thanks!

  28. I absolutely LOVE this! We do the "7 Days of Chistmas" with small inexpensive gifts, but I LOVE this idea even better because of the sweet stories. It definitely makes it more special. Could you please email me the PDF file at Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  29. Wonderful idea! Tons of fun! Just one correction: twelve days of Christmas refers to the time between Christmas (December 25) and Epiphany (January 6). The time before Christmas is Advent, which is a different type of celebration – it's a time of waiting and preparation for the twelve days of Christmas. It's just a pet peeve of mine that commercial, secular Christmas ends after December 25, so Christian celebrations seem to follow suit and end then too, even though December 25 is just the beginning when going by a church calendar. I will be doing this beginning on December 25.

  30. Thank you so much for this great idea!! Was able to find cute sheep ornaments at Target (pooping sheep were no where to be found in store and I procrastinated) and opted for an actual book in lieu of a candy book. I made 3 and my daughter and I had a great time making and delivering!


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