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"Twelve Days of Christmas" Decorations

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” is a well-known and loved Christmas carol that can also serve as a unique party theme. Take note from the lyrics of this traditional tune and create “Twelve Days of Christmas” decorations to get your home in the mood for the holidays. Get inspired by these ideas for “Twelve Days of Christmas” party decorations.

Trim your tree completely according to the theme with 12 Days of Christmas ornaments. If you really want to stay true to the song, make sure you have the correct number of each character—1 partridge in a pear tree, 2 turtle doves, 3 french hens, 4 calling birds, 5 golden rings, 6 geese a-laying, 7 swans a-swimming, 8 maids a-milking, 9 ladies dancing, 10 lords a-leaping, 11 pipers piping, and 12 drummers drumming. It is also fine to just collect one character from each day. Arrange them in order around your tree so that as you admire it, the ornaments also tell a story.

You can also create a garland inspired by the verses of the carol to hang in the window, or line up figurines on the fireplace. Hang a dozen stockings across the mantelpiece that each have an image from the song. Some 12 Days of Christmas decorations will come sold altogether in a set, but feel free to mix and match items that you find in different styles. Homemade decor is always a great option as well, giving you and your family a chance to work on some craft projects together.

To really kick this party theme up a notch, here are 12 Days of Christmas party ideas to try. Ask guests to come dressed in costume, for example as a milkmaid or piper. Turtledove and swan outfits are optional! If you’re planning on serving finger foods, prepare twelve different appetizers for guests to munch on, or for a full dinner, find delicious recipes that use pears, partridge, or goose. As a group activity, challenge everyone to come up with original lyrics for a modern day “Twelve Days of Christmas” set to the original melody.

These suggestions are guaranteed to capture the Christmas spirit and bring a bit of cheer into your home. With these fun and unique touches, your holiday decor will stand out among the neighborhood, so invite others over to enjoy it with you!

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