03 January 2013

12 Days of Christmas

Today's post is brought to you by Gus. He reads my blog faithfully and always offers me advice about my posts - so when he asked if he could do one, how could I say no?

So I introduce to you my first guest blogger, who happens to be my tall, dark, and handsome husband, Gus...

Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays ever since I was little kid.  Over the years, I’ve grown to generally like giving presents more than receiving them, but this year my wife rekindled the joy of getting presents.

You know how our Jewish friends have the whole 8 nights of presents thing during Hanukkah which makes all us Gentiles jealous? Well, this year my wonderful (and very creative) wife decided to do a neat little variation on the 12 Days of Christmas!

Each day, beginning on Dec 10th through Dec 21st, I got a nice little surprise from Santa – forget the turtle doves and partridge in a pear tree…. here’s the “new” 12 days of Christmas song – aka Gus’ version:

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me:


Now you might say, “Well those are all cheap, small little things so no big deal”. But it’s not about how much was spent or how many things I got. What really matters is that someone who loves me and who I love very much took the time to make Christmas just a bit more special for me with a cool twist on a traditional holiday song.

Enjoy your family at Christmas – take the time to tell them you love them – hug them, kiss them, whatever… do something special for them. Use your imagination and go beyond the traditional gift giving. All the hustle and bustle, the Christmas lights, the Christmas music, gift cards, drinking, eating and holiday parties don’t mean anything without those you love to share it all with.

Thanks honey for making Christmas extra special - I love you with all my heart.

Gus
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(See why I love this guy? *sniff*)

Here are the particulars of what I did:
  • I made a little list of things I knew Gus liked (or needed) - then I just kept an eye out for these things as I was out and about. 
  • I bought a package of clear gift/party favor bags to put them in, and I tied the bags with a piece of jute (you could use ribbon or string or something manly like twisty-ties). 
  • I had purchased some digital frames on etsy.com, so I chose one of those in red and added my "days" using some cute fonts in Photoshop. (I used Candy Cane for the numbers, and KG Be Still & Know for the lettering.)


  • Then I cut out the shapes, punched a hole in the top for the tie, and added them to the packages.


It was really pretty easy to do, and just required a little bit of planning to get it all together!