Mercy! I'm sure you have all figured out by now that there is a brand new place for artists to get together, have fun, and inspire each other over at the Art Pub Studios. The ARTPUB is a network established for the career-minded individual, professional mixed-media artists who want to provide a supportive environment in which to explore new ideas and promote art.
Each member of ART PUB is featured on the site with her own weblog for sharing art information, tips, and ideas. I have a second blog there - in addition to this blog. Our Art Pub blogs can be accessed by our names in the sidebar on the Art Pub home page. Imagine finding a dozen or so super artists' blogs -- all in one place!
I am in the company of some fantastic, gifted, and prolific artists and let me tell you, those artists are moving and shaking already. If you haven't been over there and checked out the goings-on, then you are really missing out.
Here are a few peeks at some of the tutorials:
Lelania Llyod has posted some incredible words of enlightenment, wisdom, and encouragement including very helpful information about setting goals, just in time for the new year. We will all be turning our thinking toward setting or furthering our art paths for the coming year. I invite you to have a look at Lelainia's post on goals before you set yours for 2008.
What ever you do, spend some time over at the Art Pub Studio with us. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, a scone or piece of pie, and pull up a chair by the fire. We are telling tales, offering gifts, and showing our wares. . . you stand to be amused, motivated, and delighted by the happenings there. We are looking forward to getting to know you and spending some time with you.
This is a little envelope I've been working on for some mail art. I used the technique I call brayered ink which involves using a rubber roller and a rainbow ink pad. I did a tutorial on the process which can be found in the archives of this blog. but there are no pictures. I fleshed it out with pictures for my Second Day of Christmas gift over on my other blog at the Art Pub. So, why not mosey on over there and check out the new pictures?
Meanwhile, I hope you're enjoying what holidays you have. I'm sitting around in my pjs today but tomorrow I will be taking stock of what I need to do to finish out the gifts, etc., for Christmas with our children and grand children next weekend. I'm really enjoying prolonging Christmas this year!
Here is another Christmas card I got from a good art friend I haven't heard from in a while. This cute little snow man's head and scarf is applied as a 3D layer. Very cool. It's so nice to be remembered like this. (Some year, I am going to get my act together and remember all the friends, old and new, to whom I really would love to send cards but never seem to have time.) Jen, if you are reading this - Thanks and happy New Year to you!
In fact, thanks and Happy New Year wishes go out to all my friends . . . and family - especially the ones who stop by my blog. You're the best!
Lucky me, I had the huge family Christmas dinner last year and that means I don't have to hostess again until year after next! So, I got to *really* enjoy the day yesterday with the family. Of course, the most important consideration for Christmas Day is the meal, right? Well, when my brother #1 & his wife have the dinner, we never know what to expect. This year she catered it and we didn't have to contribute. Is that cool, or what? But we brought stuff anyway (just to be sure our fav traditional dishes would be there.) Here are a couple of award winners from the table this year:
For some reason, I got adventuresome and revised my sweet potato recipe after about 20 years. Instead of the usual marshmallow topping, I opted for a recipe from our latest church cookbook. Yummy! I even put the pecans in the topping and love it (I usually hate nuts messing up the smooth texture of my food.) and even the yam haters liked these yams. Truly, this is the best sweet potato dish ever!
2 (1 lb. 7 oz.) cans sweet potatoes,
drain juice from only 1 can.)
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. melted butter
2 eggs, beaten
1 /tsp. vanilla
1/3 c. milk
(I add a little cinnamon and nutmeg )
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. flour
5 TBSP. melted butter
1 c. chopped pecans
Combine all (except topping ingredients) in a mixing bowl and mix well. Pour into casserole dish. Mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over potato mixture in the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
The beautiful picture of the sweet potatoes you see above, was taken by Kathy Flake and used by permission. Naturally, I was way too busy eating to take pictures! But I promise the sweet potato casserole in the picture looks exactly like what I made -- except, of course, I chopped my pecans up so tiny they couldn't mess up the texture of the topping. LOL.
Oh, no, can you believe it? Why would a person cater a Christmas Dinner except to keep from cooking a turkey, right? Well, not according to the outfit that did our dinner! As my SIL was super calm this year because she had the house decorated a week ahead and the meal arranged months ahead, there was nothing left to do but pick it up on Christmas morn. WRONG! First of all, the order was only partially filled. Brother did the husband thing and went back to get the rest. When SIL opened the packages, she discovered that the turkey was only partially cooked and needed to be baked THREE MORE HOURS!!! Yikes, now it is 10:00 A.M. and the family will be arriving for a 1:00 dinner.
I won't mention the name of this "FOWLed" up catering service but a picture is worth a thousand . . . swear words.
Maybe because we all went into the day rather calmly, this blemish in the day was primarily overlooked. The meal was fine... the sweet potatoes were a hit and this time my whole desert salad was eaten and I didn't have to take a bunch home to eat myself. DL doesn't eat sweats, remember? It's always up to me to clean the desert plates. Drat! Someone has to do it. Which reminds me, I better go "clean out" that pumpkin pie pan!
By the way, this recipe is only a drop in the bucket of gifts I plan to share during these 12 days of Christmas. But to get in on the goodies, you'll have to jump over to my blog at Art Pub Studios to see what's up. And while you are there, check out the other fantastic artists' blogs there. Many freebies, ideas, give-aways, etc. are going on over there... Be there or be . . . a bear ! (That's the way one preschooler instructed me to say it!)
The image above is one I made for Christmas this year. It was first made as a collage. The image of the angel I drew and cut out of a glossy sheet I had colored with inks. I attached the angel to a collaged and painted background sheet After all was assembled, I printed it on glossy card stock.
I was blessed with lots of good wishes and cards from my friends. I wanted to show you the last one I got from my good friend and sister in Christ, Deryn Mentock.:
I put her card on a red background hoping you could see the overlay of white net. Deryn used her image of Rudolph and sewed some little snowflakes under a topping of net. The card is beautifully and creatively made as is usually the case with Deryn's art. If you haven't seen her other mixed media work or her incredible art jewelry, you must go to her blog, Something Sublime, and be dazzled!
I'm leaving now to celebrate Christ's birth with my family in Houston. I leave you all with the blessing of this day and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happiest of New Years.
This sweet card is from my good friend, Sue Berry, from England. Sue is a charming and funny gal who does super mixed media art. Check out her blog, Art-e-cats. You can get a piece of Sue's creative works as well as some yummy collage supplies at her Etsy shop.
Sylvia was beating herself up for not sending out handmade cards, but I happen to love this one. It is a detail of The Virgin with Angels by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - one of my all time favorite paintings. The scan on the left here shows what the whole painting looks like. Sylvia's card is cropped from the right side of the card. It is the four angles just beside the baby Jesus' left hand - only the angels in the card are flipped horizontally and enlarged. Makes a wonderful card, doesn't it? You can just tell by the Angels' expressions that they are adoring the Christ child. Sylvia, you might not have done handmade cards but you picked the next best thing -- a gorgeous card!
Sylvia Luna is an insightful, creative artist and writer. Be sure to check out her website, Silver Moon Studios where she explains that the meaning of her name, Sylvia Luna, means Silver Moon - thus the name of her websight. Also on that sight, you will find her blog, LUNAcy Blog.
One more place to experience Sylvia's novel approach to life is on her new blog at the Art Pub Studios site. You'll want to catch this blog right a way because Sylvia is giving away a huge package of 24 things to use in your art! Theses are items Sylvia collected for her business, Junk Yard Queens, which she enjoys with a partner. Check it out and follow her instructions for putting your name in the hat to possibly win this grand package of found objects. While you are there, be sure to look at the other artful blogs listed on the Art Pub Studios home page.
The houses in the neighborhood are lighting up one by one with bright jewels, flashing lights, greenery and wreaths, snowmen, manger scenes, giant plastic snow-globes, and such. And we are beginning to receive Christmas Cards - some of which are wonderful art cards from my online friends. I knew you like to see those so here are a couple:
This is a large print of one of my favorite of my friend, Pilar Pollock's mixed media collages. With the title of Light, and with it's dynamic colors and joyful movement, it is a perfect choice for a holiday card. Pilar is a masterfully creative aritst and her work is always mesmerizing. Thanks Pilar for this little ray of sunshine during my holiday. Pilar's blog is a must see and you will also want to check out her tutorial for making metallic foil wrapping paper over at her blog on the Art Pub Studios site.
Don't you love artists? No Santas, ornaments, or snowmen necessary on their Christmas cards, no sirree! Here is another fabulous holiday greeting I received from my friend, Deb Trotter:
Deb is a western girl through and through! She loves anything western and her art reflects it. She is an imaginative artist with giant talent. Her pieces are always, thoughtful and HEARTfully executed. Deb, thanks for this fun holiday card. It certainly lifts my spirits.
Be sure to visit Deb's blog, Cowboy's Sweetheart, or if you mosey over to her blog on the Art Pub Studios website, you may want to download one of the free vintage images she offers there. Check back often because she updates regularly.
My friend and accomplished artist, Melissa David, gave to me . . .
. . . this lovely assemblage ornament. Isn't this the most exquisite little assemblage? Melissa always pays attention to the tiniest details. These pictures do not do it justice. The colors are subtle and warmly blended. Everything from the beaded wire handle, to the dangling clear Christmas tree bulb with the word "Dream" on it, is combined to make one cohesive whole. And look at those chotskies - wow, nothing left undone. In Melissa's assemblages, there are always interesting rusted pieces. She is the master of faux distressing. I love what looks like a split office clip on either side of the main image. Thanks so much, Melissa, this will adorn my tree with grace every year.
And that wraps up one of the most exciting and fun swaps I've ever participated in. Thank you, Deryn Mentock, for this brainchild of yours - The Twelve Days of Christmas Ornament Swap! I've enjoyed old friends, renewed friendships with former art buddies, and formed new friendships with some extraordinary artists. wOOt!!* Thank you all for including me and for your loving and creative gifts. I'm thrilled to have a memento to remind me of you every Christmas Season. that is so totally wOOt! May you each enjoy a peaceful and meaningful celebration of our Lord's birth.
*Check my new Urban Dictionary Word of the Day in the right sidebar of this blog for the definition of words like this one (wOOt) which I will be adding to my posts. I think it is high time that we artists caught up with the urban slang terms, don't you? It could help us communicate with our offspring! LOL.
. . . this excitingly vintage wrapping on a mysteriously soft gift! Just the wrapping alone was enough to start the hyperventilating. LOL. She used ledger paper with an overlay of what appears to be embroidered pearl organza; embellished with a green glittered snowflake, red fiber, vintage buttons, a safety pin with a patinated bell, and a vintage price tag bearing the number of the day she was assigned (11th day). How cool is this?
AH HA!!! Didn't it take your breath away on first look at this adorable ornament? I'm gasping over here. The little porcelain doll face, the painted flowers on her head, the felt, fiber, and lace headdress, the vintage button, the darling crazy quilt base.... oh. oh. oh. . . the metal -- little rusty tin stars and bells . . .
the snip of vintage measuring tape -- and is that yet another flattened tart pan?? And -- breathe, breathe -- the mini crazy quilt as the base with all that hand decoration of fiber and thread! Vintage and sassy and kewl, oh my!...vintage and sassy and kewl,oh my! I don't think we are in Kansas anymore! Joanna you outdid yourself here girlie-o. This ornament is over-the-top. Thanks so much for all the work you did with all that love for us! You have liquid genius running through your veins.
Oh no, Mr. Bill, tomorrow is the 12th day! Yikes, this fun-ness is about to come to a close. I know Melissa's ornament gift to us tomorrow will close us out with a giant crescendo!
My incredibly talented artist friend, Jackie Allison, gave to me --
Imagine my surprise to fine that Jackie had generously made each one of us the very ornament that she had published in the article, 12 Days of Christmas Ornament Swap, in the Novemeber/December 2007 issue of Somerset Studio magazine. I couldn't have asked Santa for anything more.
Jackie created an ornament with some very cool found objects. The base is part of a vintage book cover with metal filagree corners and several metal mesh hearts. To this she pinned a smashing Kilt pin decorated with baubles, beads, charms, a key, a watch face, a vintage metal ice cream spoon, and oodles of other things. Isn't she clever?
Above is a detail of the ornament. You can see the sentiment in the bowl of the spoon. I love that. Jackie is quite the ingenious artist, always using unusual found objects and this magnificent metal masterpiece is no exception. It looks fantastic on my little art tree but it just might go missing from there because I think that the kilt pin would make a striking jewelry piece! Thanks Jackie for this brilliant ornament. It will grace my tree for years to come (if I can remember to get it out of my jewelry box each year.)
I sent to my swap friends . . . NINE LADIES DANCING!!!!!
Well -- actually I made 11 ladies dancing and one rootin' tootin' cowpunch! Later I realized why I did 11 ladies. . . so that I could send off ladies dancing for the 12 days of Christmas Ornament swap! The ninth day is mine and according to the song lyrics, that is "nine ladies dancing." (So, I kept the cowboy for myself.)
The popular song "The Twelve Days of Christmas" originated as a mnemonic device used in the 16th century for Christian instruction to teach the catechism to youngsters. The "true love" mentioned in the song is not an earthly suitor, but refers to God Himself. The "me" who receives the presents refers to every person who is part of the Christian Faith. Each of the "days" represents some aspect of the Christian Faith that was important for children to learn. For example, the partridge in a pear tree represents Jesus Christ, the two turtle doves represent the old and new testaments, the three three french hens are the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, the four calling birds are the four gospel writers, etc. (For more information go here.)
Now, back to the nine ladies dancing --- they represent the nine aspects of the "fruit of the spirit." That is the nine characteristics evidenced in the life of a believer indicating that they have received the holy spirit. Once a person accepts Jesus, the son of God, as his savior, he begins to take on the fruit of the spirit. He becomes more and more like Jesus who has all the aspects described as the fruit of the spirit. So the FRUIT of having the spirit is as below:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galations 5:22-23
Now here is how I named the ladies dancing ornaments, each with one of the nine aspects of the fruit of the spirit. (I used two "love"s and two "joy"s because there are nine aspects and I have eleven friends in the swap.) I put the ornaments in mailing envelopes and then addressed them without looking to see who got which ornament. I'm hoping my swap buddies will comment to this post and tell me which one they got.
Crystal's Angel Kelly's Angel
Tomorrow, I get to open the ornament for day 10 from Jackie. Woohoo. I'm going to bed now so I can wake up and open my gift!
Whew! I'm huffin' and puffin' to catch up! I stayed over another night to help Mom with all her Christmas preparations and take her to the post office, grocery shopping, etc. I hadn't planned on the second night so I failed to take Pillar's ornament with me. Bummer! But I got home last night and as exhausted as I was, I HAD to open the ornament -- of course!
Isn't that the most gorgeous wrapping paper? Both the ornament and wrapping paper were created by my friend and accomplished artist, Pilar Pollock. She made the ornament using fabric surface techniques and fabric paper. The central image is printed onto fabric and sewn on the ornament. Pilar gives the step by step description of how she made this ornament and all the surface enhancements she used on her blog, Pip Notes. Be sure to check that out and while you're there, take a look around at all the other awesome art. Pilar generously posted a tutorial on how to make the wrapping paper on her Art Pub Studios blog, Pilar Isabel Pollack. Pilar, you know this ornament and it's Madonna and Child focal point is a heart warmer for me. I think you did a masterful job with the surface of the ornament to make it look quite old and much like those medieval manuscripts that you mentioned you were emulating. Great job, Pilar. Thanks for all the loving work you put into this meaning-filled ornament, a great tribute to the season.
[Stay tuned here for today is actually the ninth day of Christmas and though we have a church leadership party to attend tonight, I hope to find time to post a few words about *my* ornament offereing which was the ornament for the 9th day. So -- more later.]
Ooops! On the seventh day I was out of town helping my mom (86) with her decorations, outside lights, and gift sorting. That's the reason this post is tardy. I took Lou's ornie with me to Mom's all wrapped up so I could open it. And OH --- just look at him!
This big fella was created by the incredible Lou McCulloch. In the Somerset Studio article about this swap, Lou's gorgeous ornament was a Christmas cone - you know, like those beautiful Victorian decorative cones. Well this guy was made with the cone upside down and used for his hat, complete with a vintage music covering. Lou let us in on the secret of the head. She made it from an artificial pear. Oh the inventiveness of this assemblage artist! She formed the facial features (nose etc.) from air dry clay, acrylic. and wool for the beard. I absolutely love this guy, Lou. Thanks so much for bringing such joy to my Christmas celebration.
WooHoo! Isn't this exchange fun and exciting! You have no idea unless you participated in a swap like this -- how thrilling it is to have a new gift to open every day! I highly recommend it!
So, on to Day 6 ---
Today's gift is from the artist extraodinaire and my sweet friend, Kelly Snelling. The mailing envelope alone raised the level of excitement for opening this one. Then looking at the wrapped gift -- a brown paper bag all decorated with collage items and tied up with string, all I could think was, "The best things come in small packages."
I was not disappointed. Just look at this precious, hand-painted ornament! Returning to the bird motif ("On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me six geese a laying"), Kelly painted a blue bird, topped with a glittering crown, over collaged papers. adding foil to the edges gives it a framed essence. Finishing the ornament with a funky, flat silver oval bearing the words, "You are Loved," Kelly attached it with three large, hand-made jump rings. She added a fun black and white cord to the top for hanging.
The back side, ever bit as wonderful as the front, has a collaged angel scene decorated with glitter. Here she also used silver foil around the edges. Great effect.
Kelly, you are a wonder, my friend. This is a spectacular ornament that I will cherish every Christmas as I think of you each year. Thank you for such an inspiring message that will repeat for me once a year at Jesus' birthday. You are special, and I'll remember it when I decorate my tree for years to come! ______________________________________________________________________________
In many places St. Nicholas is the main gift giver. His feast day, St. Nicholas Day, is December 6, which falls early in the Advent season. Some places he arrives in the middle of November and moves about the countryside, visiting schools and homes to find out if children have been good. Other places he comes in the night and finds carrots and hay for his horse or donkey along with children's wish lists. Small treats are left in shoes or stockings so the children will know he has come.
Where St. Nicholas is prominent, his day, not Christmas, is the primary gift giving day. Parties may be held on the eve, December 5th, and shoes or stockings left for St. Nicholas to fill during the night. Children will find treats of small gifts, fruit or nuts, and special Nicholas candies and cookies. St. Nicholas gifts are meant to be shared, not hoarded for oneself.
FYI - My granddaughter, Carly Nichole, is named for St. Nicholas as her birthday is today, December 6. She is 9 years old today. Can you think back to when you were nine and remember what you wanted to be when you grew up? Some experts say (don't ask me who! LOL) that children know their true life's calling at age nine but often get side tracked from it by parents, peers, life, etc. My granddaughter says she wants to be a chef. I'm going to see that she continues to remember this as she grows up because I can't think of anything better than for a family to have a CHEF!!! yea!
My fabulous Texas artist friend, Jennifer Rowland, sent to me . . .
Oh My! Can you believe? This just gets better and better. Jennifer, you have outdone yourself with this one, girlfriend! A metal ornamant just makes me want to swoon! This has a wonderful patinated clip with an embossed snowflake decor for hanging it on the tree.
An unbelievable resin angel -- Can you believe the luck of finding these amazing tiny Christmas cookie cutters? Jennifer filled them with vintage handwritten papers, vintage watch parts, and a metal star before she poured resin in them - and did a fantastic job of it, I might add. All is mounted on an arch-shaped metal piece with vintage papers collaged on the front and back and lace dangling from the bottom just to soften the metal. And the right finishing touch? -- a small patinated vintage skeleton key hanging from a jump ring through the bottom of the ornament.
This is an elegant piece of art. Every detail has been attended to -- top to bottom, front to back. Jennifer, I absolutely adore this piece it is exquisite. Thank you for all the work you put into this for us.
Jennifer Rowland has a recently revitalized blog and lots of creative and classy art. Go over to visit her, check out her art, and leave a comment to encourage her to keep sharing with us through her blog. Her art is too good to be missed.
My friend Maija Lepore sent to me --
. . .this charming ornament reminiscent of my Christmases past! I could cry at the memories this little the Christmas trees and packages of my childhood.
This masterful retro ornament seems to be based on a flattened mini tart baking tin. Only Maija would think of this! the vintage Santa image is affixed over a snippet of vintage sheet music. These are then placed on top of ruffled crepe paper edged with silver glitter (o-o-oh, remember all that crepe paper we used to play with?) You can't tell from the scan but the crepe paper padding makes the Santa image stand out from the tin. The final perfect touch -- two silver bells attached to the bottom of the tin. Hang this clever ornament on the tree with the tiny silver chain and visions of sugarplums will dance in your head!
Maija is a prima artist with a unique creative talent. Thanks so much Maija for this trip down Christmas memory lane.
Wait 'til you see this! My good friend and extraordinary artist, Deryn Mentock, gave me one of the hens!
Isn't that the most incredibly precious little ornament you ever saw?
The package was a Christmas-y box with a lid in a green ornament print all tied up with a pretty ribbon, shiny 3-D snowflake sticker, and a tag indicating the number of the package (#3 to be opened on the third day.)
Take a look at the fantastic wire work Deryn managed as she made the tiny nest. These pictures are taken from the top and bottom of the nest respectively:
My little jewel has a gold glass bird with a fluffy feathered tail affixed to the amazing wire nest.
In the nest are two itsy bitsy speckled eggs, each wrapped with portions of scripture from the Bible.
The eggs in my ornament nest have part of these verses from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount:
Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. (Matthew5:3,8)
The whole thing rests on a twig with a resin paper leaf. What attention to detail! That's like Deryn. She is an unequalled mixed media artist and wire art jewelry creator. Her work is always spiritual and soulful. Get a shot of the good life from her blog, Something Sublime, or buy some from her Etsy shop.
Crystal gifted us with a few of my favorite things:
~ A small, oval Mary, Mother of Jesus medal
~ A vintage playing card
~ A mica, glass, & copper ornament hung with vintage clock chain
~ A background of vintage text with paint
~ A vintage bird image
~ A pearl dangle
~ Vintage buttons
It all goes together to make the most precious ornament. Even the weight and feel of the ornament in my hand makes me feel nostalgic. Crystal paid attention to the smallest detail in packaging - like the festive crystal (of course) flakes inside the box. Crystal, I'm so in love with the whole ambiance of this tiny gift. Thank you for a giagantic piece of Christmas cheer. I'm delighted ot finally have a piece of your creative artwork. It will be treasured among my favorite things.
Although I opened this package at the very crack of dawn yesterday, I couldn't post about it until today because my decoratiove bow making workshop was yesterday after church and filled my whole day to exhaustion . . . (The workshop was quite successful I might add - whew!) So I'm catching up now... I remember vividly how nostalgic I felt when I opened this sweet gift.
Crystal Neubauer has a delightful and inspirational blog, Other People's Flowers. Her Etsy shop is not to be missed. Here you can get wonderful vintage found objects and one of a kind antique items/ephemera for use in your own art, imaginative assemblage art, and mixed media art jewelry. Why not have a peek right now?
Oh my! I couldn't wait. I opened my first gift at 12:05 AM!!! Knowing it would be awesome 'cuz it's from Ruth Rae -- I tore into it. (Not really. Ya never know when you'll mess up a really cool part of the gift.) Just look at the precious fabric tag - first thing! And then all the wonderful, layered fabric and paper wrappings. Yummy! There is even a story of the 12 Days of Christmas and one of Ruth's calling cards hidden in the depths of the wrappings. This is so much fun!
And just look at the details! It's overwhelming. Ruth is an unbeatable fabric artist and jeweler with super creative ideas. This bird is a perfect example.
Each wing is stamped with dictionary text to define "art" on the front wing and "life" on the back wing.
and UNDER --- yes UNDER the wings is a little surprise all sewn into the layers of fabric and paper.
Be sure to click on the pictures to the awesome detail Ruth put into these birds. And Check ourt Ruth's blog for more info about how she made the ornament. Thanks so much, Ruth. The little Partridge is amazing. You have set the bar very high, my dear friend.
Tomorrow will be the day to open Crystal's gift. I just might have to stay up again tonight until the wee hours of morning!
The Twelve Days of Christmas is probably
the most misunderstood part of the church year among Christians who are
not part of liturgical church traditions. Contrary to popular belief,
these are not the twelve days before Christmas, but rather are the twelve days
from Christmas until the beginning of Epiphany
(January 6th) So the 12 days begin on December 26 and run until January 5. (Yeah, but don't tell anyone in this swap, K?)
In some traditions, the first day of Christmas begins on the evening of December 25th but the following day is considered the First Day of Christmas (December 26th).Even though December 25th is celebrated as Christmas, in some traditions, January 6th is often the day for giving gifts. And in some places it is traditional to give Christmas gifts for each of the Twelve Days of Christmas. (Yeah, that's what I'm talking about!)
Well whichever way you celebrate the 12 Days, take a few minutes to listen to the Christmas song of the same name, brought to you in this version by the Herders.
Here's wishing you a merry, merry start of the joyous season to you . . .