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Sunday, December 19, 2010

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Contrary to popular belief, the twelve days of Christmas actually begin on December 25 and end on the evening of January 5 (The Twelfth Night).  In the Christian tradition, the feast of the Epiphany on January 6 commemorates the presentation of gifts by the three Wise Men to the infant Jesus. In Latin America and Spain, this is the day when gifts are exchanged. Other countries celebrate this occasion by eating a King’s cake or drinking ale or wine. It is also the custom in some countries to give a gift for each of the twelve days.

But here in the U.S., we often spend the period after Xmas taking down decorations, returning unwanted gifts and roaming the malls in search of more things to buy at deep discounts. Don't get me wrong; I like to shop for and exchange presents. I just wish that we could tone the commercialism way down and ask Santa to deliver more good cheer than gifts. I also tire of seeing merchandise that looks more or less the same at every store wherever you go. It seems that I am not the only one who is on the lookout for unusual, one of a kind items. There is a real movement underway to create a new economy that offers consumers alternatives to buying mass produced goods and shopping at large chain stores. An ecommerce company called Etsy ( is leading the effort to create a new marketplace that supports buying and selling handmade goods and artisans from all over the globe who create them. Although its primary focus is on crafts, Etsy also sells vintage items as well as art and craft supplies.  Established in 2005, Etsy’s stated mission is to “enable people to make a living making things and connect makers to buyers”. This thriving online business brings together a community of artisans from over 150 countries and encourages relationship building between buyers and sellers.

On a whim, I visited Etsy to see if I could find a gift that matched each one of the gifts given in the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. Much to my surprise, I found a unique handmade gift for every single day. So, if you are still in the gift giving spirit during these twelve days, here are some gems from Etsy that are bound to woo your true love.  

1st day – silver partridge bird (minus pear tree) long drop earrings, $4.95 by Antiqueinspired

2nd day – two turtle doves’ necklace, $20.00 by stacysdesigns88

3rd day – three French hen necklace, $28.00 by ds2pom

4th day – four calling birds ornament, $7.50 by macerations

5th day – five gold filled rings around a silver band, $55.00 by claychic

6th day – flying (not laying) geese brooch, $38.00 by ShadyGroveStudios

7th day – seven swans a swimming ring, $7.00 by helenapuck

8th day – eight maids a-milking sterling silver necklace with fresh water pearl, $25.00 by stacysdesigns88

9th day – nine ladies dancing necklace, $20 by stacysdesigns88

10th day – ten lords a-leaping hand beaded ornament, $10 by dwolfe103

11th day– eleven pipers piping ornament, $7.50 by macerations

12th day – twelve drummers drumming Xmas cards, $2.00 by teeheeproductions.  







  1. I created a Treasury for you based on your 12 Days of Christmas items:

    Thanks again! Merry Christmas. We also celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas. The wise men figures are making their way to the manger for the feast of the Epiphany.

  2. I appreciate your creating the Treasury for me and I also enjoyed viewing all of the crafts that you have on your site. Happy New Year.