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Ask Elizabeth - What are The 12 Days AFTER Christmas?
by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino on December 30th, 2013

The "12 Days AFTER Christmas" might be the perfect title for a reminder about deflating from food, praying for your jeans to fit, clearing up the clutter or planning for the new you in the New Year.   I can see in my social media community how some people like Christmas to be over already with their tree already recycled. There are others who prefer Christmas to linger and others who have a combination of Christmas still happening while they are preparing lists of resolutions and getting prepped for their New Year and new self.

I fall into the group of people who like solidly ignore the dates and days and leave our tree up almost until the last needle drops.  A fire hazard, I know.  With just a hint of sarcasm in my voice, I will also secretly tell you that It always makes me smile to see the frozen Christmas decorations outside also, that I know aren't coming down until the June/July thaw here in Maine.  (I was being sarcastic about the thaw dates, sometimes it feels like we don't thaw out until August, which plays well into my stance that we could just leave it all up year-round...)

 I also fall into the group of people who don't wildly celebrate the New Year.   I love to be with family and they know that some years I haven't made it past the 10 p.m. mark and there are definitely no lists made or a new me that will arrive by January 15 or February 1st even.  I carry over my gratitude attitude and continue on.

Our 12 year-old decided this year to celebrate the 12 Days After Christmas with me.  It could be he is secretly saying, "Ok mom, 12 more days and then we need to pack it all up."  When I just wrote that and double checked with him that it was ok to joke around, he said, "Mom, it's all definitely about your love for Christmas, but this year we need to take the tree down by Valentine's Day." (LOLOLOLOL)  He knows...

So from my son Quaid, the 12 Days After Christmas are going something like this:  (Also, As you read this, also remember that he came up with this idea on his own and ask my husband if he could do this.  His thoughtfulness is amazing.  He went onto eBay and found these all by himself and my husband purchased them.  What a wonderful surprise.  Best Christmas Ever!)

On the 1st Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Lenox Snoopy

On the 2nd Day After Christmas, my son gave to me: 
One Lenox Christmas Tree

On the 3rd Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
A Swinging Candy Cane Snowman

On the 4th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
A 10th anniversary Christmas in Maine Santa

On the 5th Day after Christmas, my son gave to me: 
One Reindeer Bell

On the 6th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Peace Angel

On the 7th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Santa Sleigh Bell

On the 8th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Joyous Snowman

On the 9th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
On Snowman Sleigh Bell

On the 10th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Christmas Tree Sleigh Bell

On the 11th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Hope Santa

On the 12th Day After Christmas, my son gave to me:
One Snoopy "carrying the Christmas tree out the door - hint hint."  
(Oh, way funny :)   

...and so Christmas has come to an end.  The needles are indeed falling off the tree and it is time to dim the lights now and put everything away.

Thank you to our son, who went on eBay by himself and found each of these Lenox ornaments.  He has meaning and thought behind each one and some laughter with the last one for sure!

This is, to me, just the sweetest thing ever and so thought I would share his thoughtfulness with you.



Posted in Attitude and Inspiration, Family, Ask Elizabeth    Tagged with The 12 Days After Christmas, Christmas doesn't end on the 25th, year round gratitude, Love, Lenox, a son's greatest gift - thoughtfulness, he keeps great secrets, joy, best Christmas ever, Ask Elizabetty, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino, Quaid Guarino


3 Comments

Cloris Kylie - December 30th, 2013 at 4:48 PM
This post brought a huge smile to my face. How sweet of your son! We could all think of 12-day chunks of time to do something kind for those around us and for ourselves--no special holiday required! Happy 2014!
Stephanie - December 30th, 2013 at 8:38 PM
Absolutely precious. He has a tender heart.... from his Momma!
Karen - January 5th, 2014 at 1:14 PM
What a great son. He knows about being thoughtfulful and how this thoughtfulness will make you smile and fill your heart with joy. You have to be an especially good mother to raise such wonderful young men. If all children were taught about the positive impact of doing something special with a kind and open heart, what a peace filled world we would live in.
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