Merry Christmas on this First Day of Christmas! I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday!
Not long ago, my friend Bev mentioned the 12 Days of Christmas in a post on FaceBook. Both of our families enjoy celebrating this extended version of Christmas, which lasts from December 25th through January 5th.
Celebrating the Twelve Days of Christmas is not without its practical advantages. In our house, the tree and all our decorations stay up until the day of Epiphany, January 6th, which some people call Kings' Day or Little Christmas. All of the hustle and bustle of everyday life is usually at a standstill during the week between Christmas and New Year's...we're taking a break from homeschooling, music lessons and Bible study. With the house still so festive and some extra time on my hands, it is a great time to get ahead on some cards and gifts for next Christmas.
Since I grew up in southwest Louisiana, there are cultural observances for the Twelve Days too. The last night, Twelfth Night, ushers in the Mardi Gras season, with its extravagant costumed balls and decadent King Cake which is rich in symbolism. This season lasts from Epiphany through Mardi Gras, "Fat Tuesday," the day before Ash Wednesday when Lent begins.
You would have to live on another planet to have not heard the famous Twelve Days of Christmas carol. Maybe you've also heard that the carol was a catechism to teach children the precepts of their Christian faith...whether the story is historically accurate or not is insignificant for me! I love the correlations that have been made between the gifts of the 12 days and the things of faith that are precious to me. The partridge in a pear tree given on the first day of Christmas is a symbol of Jesus Christ..."for unto us a child is born." We joyfully celebrate his birth on Christmas Day.
Bev's FaceBook post and my desire to get started on cards for next year prompted an idea...and after running it by her, we've decided to do it! We are going to host some challenges for the 12 Days of Christmas, right here on The Daily Dare! The idea started small, but quickly grew to include lots of great stampers, stamp companies and prizes, and so we are hoping that you are going to get excited about it and celebrate the Twelve Days with us by playing along!
For each day there will be a challenge and also a "gift." Each challenge will have its own individual keyword to be used for uploading your project to the gallery at SCS. The deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday, January 9th. That gives you a few extra days to play! Winners will be chosen (one for each challenge) and announced on Monday, January 10.
Your entry makes you eligible for the prize of the day, and you can play any or all of the challenges you want. You can upload as you go (more fun for the rest of us) or you can play them all and upload them all at once before the deadline. Doesn't matter, so long as you have uploaded your card before midnight December 9th.
Since today is Christmas Day, the first day of Christmas, and Santa is exhausted after an all-night, around-the-world sleigh ride, the sleigh is empty and Santa's snugly tucked in bed. The challenge for today is KISS: Keep It Simple, Santa. Here's what you need to do...use a recycled item, one simple image, and a non-traditional Christmas color. Upload your sample to SCS using the keyword DD12days01.
My project recycles the gift bag that I received just last night from my friend Seth. It features a sleigh from OCL's Reindeer Games, and the companion sentiment from Reindeer Pun. The prize for today is the surprise inside (valued ~$20). This is the only prize that will remain secret until it is received, because that's the way Christmas gifts work and it IS, after all, Christmas Day!
Can't wait to see what you come up with! And please, spread the word! We'd love to see lots of entries and help lots of people get ahead for next year in the process! :)
Now, here are your usual Saturday challenges!
- 2 Sisters
- 365 Cards
- Alice in Wonderland
- All Sorts
- Basic Grey
- Card Patterns
- Catch the Bug
- Challenge Up Your Life (every two weeks)
- Cinema Saturday
- CPCM Clean and Simple Saturday
- Crazy 4 Challenges
- Drunken Stampers
- Just Us Girls
- Kraftin' Kimmie
- My Sheri Crafts
- One Stop Craft Challenge
- Our Creative Corner
- Our Daily Bread Designs Shining the Light
- Paper Craft Planet Sketch
- Penny Black
- SCS Inspiration Challenge
- Scrap and Stamp Saturday
- Scrap, Stamp and Doodle
- Scrapper's Delight Card Challenge
- Secret Crafter
- Sensational Saturday Sketch
- Simply Scrapping Sketchy Saturdays
- Sketch Saturday
- Softpencil Challenge
- Speedy-the-Cat's Friends' Challenge
- Stamping 411
- Susie & Vikki's Christmas Club
- Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog
- The Sweet Stop
- Totally Gorjuss
- Twisted Sketches
- Unscripted Sketches
- WaltzingMouse Sketch
- Wee Memories
- Whimsical Ink Sorority