I’m sure you’ve heard the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” before…that really catchy one that once it’s in your head is stuck there for a few days. However, do you know the origin of the song?
The twelve days of Christmas actually starts on Dec. 25th and is the period of time in Christian theology from Christ’s birth to the arrival of the three Magi or Wise Men. There have been many variations to the song throughout the years, but the version we’re most familiar with today was written by Frederic Austin in 1909. Some historians believe the song was used as a memory game and one popular theory is that the song was used as a way for Christians to pass on their faith during times of persecution. For a more detailed breakdown of the song, please click here.
During my childhood, we celebrated the twelve days of Christmas. We attended church services and continued holiday traditions into the new year. However, I believe it was also my mom’s reasoning for keeping our Christmas tree up into January (no complaints here).
The holidays are usually spent making family memories with our loved ones. This year may feel a bit different – I know my holiday spirit hasn’t been at its usual level due to the pandemic. However, there are still ways to connect with those you love and your community (Zoom free too!). We put together a 12 Days of Christmas “Acts of Kindness Edition” challenge to help you get into the holiday spirit of giving. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is not singing loud for all to hear…it’s giving kindness to everyone around.
When we think about giving we often think outside of our home – donating to a charity, doing a food or coat drive, or volunteering for an organization. We love these ways to give back and frequently encourage our followers and ambassadors to participate in such campaigns or challenges. However, some of the most meaningful ways to give start inside your home. Encouraging children to do small acts of kindness around the house or for family members can have just as big of an impact.
In our 12 Days of Christmas challenge, we’ve incorporated ways to give back and be kind both in your home and in your community. We encourage you and your family to participate in this challenge and we hope you share your participation with us by tagging us on Instagram @infinitesmileproject.
If you’d like to printout our 12 Days of Christmas “Acts of Kindness Edition” challenge please click here.
- Morgan & The Infinite Smile Project Team