I start off by making my cards. They are 3 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide. I use the poem from the 12 Days of Christmas song that I print on the inside. On the outside of the card, I have a sizzix die cut machine and I use different die cuts to decorate the outside. I use themed paper and bags. T
his year I am using different color snowflake themed wrapping paper and bags. My cards will match the colors: Day 1 - pink, Day 2 - purple, Day 3 - blue, Day 4 - yellow. Day 5 - red, Day 6 - green, and then start over. . . Day 7 - pink, etc. I will use different sizes, shapes, and colors of snowflakes. I make clear plastic envelopes to keep the cards in. When I receive something special, I like to scrapbook it, laminate it, or make clear cards to keep items such as these cards in. It's the little touches that mean so much!
I have number cookie cutters. I bake numbers 1-12, decorate them cute, and make enough cookies for each member in the family. If it's Day 1, and there are 5 members in the family, I bake #1 cookie shape, and include 5 cookies on a plate with the following days:
At the end of the 12 days, we always leave them this poem:
Choosing you this holiday year,
Has brought US a ton of holiday cheer!
We hope ya'll had a blast,
This Christmas season has gone by so fast!
So as the next Christmas season roles around,
We hope that a family you choose will be found,
To receive this tradition of love and cheer,
To be passed on year after year!
By Leslie from Los Banos, CA
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