My “Twelve Days of Christmas”

Since it is the holiday season I thought I’d write my own version of the popular song “12 Days of Christmas” that revolves around my kids. I’m sure as you read each line you will easily relate to the joyous and not so joyous things that my kids bring to the holidays.

On the first day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

A broken Christmas tree. – actually this didn’t happen this year. But two years ago my daughter pulled the tree down on herself and although she was fine the tree didn’t fare so well.

On the second day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Two children crying. – the other day I went shopping with my two girls and at one point both of them were in tears and I was close to it. Every time I take them I am reminded why I like to shop by myself when my husband is home to watch my kids.

On the third day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Three angels sleeping. – It is amazing to me how angelic my children can look while sleeping. Their sweet faces remind my how much I love being a mother.

On the fourth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Four gingerbread houses. – Every year I like to make gingerbread houses with my kids a tradition that I carry on from my own childhood.

On the fifth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Five reasons to smile. – My kids bring such joy to the holiday season. Last night we were driving and there exclamations of delight over all the Christmas lights definitely brought a smile to my face.

On the sixth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Six hugs and kisses. – What mother doesn’t enjoy the sweet hugs and kisses from their little ones? I know that the memory of hugs and kisses get me through the rough patches.

On the seventh day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Seven half-eaten cookies. – This is the season where we receive and I make a lot of goodies. And many times my kids will only eat part of a treat and leave the rest sitting on the table.

On the eighth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Eight snowballs thrown. – Even though we live in Idaho we have mostly had rain this winter. But the one-day it did snow an inch my kids took advantage of it and made plenty of snowballs.

On the ninth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Nine hours of Rudolph. – I really enjoy watching with my kids all the Christmas specials that I enjoyed as a child.

On the tenth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Ten hours of shopping. – I know I’ve spent at least ten hours searching on-line and in stores for the perfect gifts for my children.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Eleven broken ornaments. – My girls can’t leave the ornaments alone. I am constantly finding them around the house and some of them have not survived.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my kids gave to me…

Twelve opened presents. – Last year we tried putting the presents under the tree and my daughters couldn’t leave them alone. This year I am keeping them in the closet until after they go to bed Christmas Eve.

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About Teresa McEntire

Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Families.com. Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.

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