On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, twelve drummers drumming…
We come to the last day of the Christmas celebration and ideas for ending Christmas slowly. You could if you chose, bang a lot of things, including drums. Or maybe, get twelve drummers together and make an unholy racket.
However, there is a traditional celebration for this day, Twelfth Night.
In medieval times, Twelfth Night was celebrated with balls and parties, complete with Twelfth Night cakes with a trinket hidden inside to choose the “king” to preside over the night’s revelries.
In Elizabethan times, a Lord of Misrule presided over the partying while the nobility acted as servants – a world deliberately turned upside down for a night. You could try crowning a Lord of Misrule at your Twelfth Night Party, or you could just have a nice afternoon or evening where you open your house to friends and family to come together one last time for the holidays.
A customary practice on the Twelfth Night is taking down the Christmas decorations, including the tree. Make a party of this and have everyone help take down the tree and Christmas décor. It’s a fun activity that will keep everyone busy. Plus, your guests will be cleaning up your house at the same time!
On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me, 11 pipers piping…
Okay, maybe bagpipes aren’t your thing. (Though, as a Scot, I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t love them.) Most people appreciate music in some form or another. Make today about the music.
- Have one last listen to your favourite seasonal music before putting it all away for another year.
- Break out your favourite playlists and accompany your New Year’s Day activities.
- Maybe dust off a musical instrument and see how much your remember how to play.
- Make a resolution to learn to play a new instrument.
- Find community music groups that are looking for new members. There are many that don’t require “professional level” skill, just a desire to make music.
William Congreve wrote, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast.” It can lift you up, energize, relax, calm, inspire and much more, depending on your choice. Choose to make music an intentional part of your life.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, ten lords a-leaping.
Get leaping. Kick off the new year with a commitment to activity.
- Join a recreational sports league
- Take dancing lessons
- Find a walking buddy and get out every day
- Join the gym
- Walk the dog
Some many options to improve your physical and mental well-being.
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, nine ladies dancing.
Gentlemen, it’s right there in black and white, take your lady dancing. Celebrate together. Go out. Have some fun. Kick up your heels. There’s nothing like having fun to bring people together.
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, eight maids a-milkin’.
Make today a day for food and fellowship. Put your hospitality efforts to work and share a meal with family, friends or both. If you don’t feel up to the work of preparing a meal at home, get everybody out together at a restaurant. Focus on strengthening the bonds between you and the people who are important in your life.