From the Beginning
Thoughts on Receiving the First 12 Days of Christmas
The day was Friday, December 14, 2001. Even though the weekend was upon us, everything was kind of rough for me. I was living in Boston—a wonderful city, yes, but also a city known for its harsh winters. And just one weekend before, I had slipped on the sidewalk and broken my ankle. I was on crutches, living in an ice-covered city, owning a vehicle with stick shift, and residing on the second floor of an elevator-less apartment (22 steps from sidewalk to my front door). The struggle was most definitely real, and I was sitting on my couch feeling very sorry for myself.
And then my roommate brought in the mail, and I had received a package with three presents from my sister, Nici, in Ohio. Her card explained that she was sending me the 12 Days of Christmas and instructed which gift to open first. I was absolutely ecstatic! It was the exact pick-me-up that I so desperately needed.
I tore into that first gift like a monkey on a cupcake. It was a hummingbird ornament—something akin to the partridge, and I would be hanging it on my Christmas tree. I still have the ornament and think of this special treat from Nici every year as I decorate for the holidays.
Every few days, another package would arrive with two or three gifts to keep the 12 days going. I anxiously awaited those gifts and made opening them a part of my morning routine.
Because it’s been 14 years, I don’t remember all 12 of the presents that Nici sent me. But one of my favorites was day five: a little jewelry box labeled “five golden things.” It was five tiny hair clips that I still use today.
This gift from Nici was so thoughtful and such a wonderful surprise! Plus, the surprise kept going for almost two weeks. It’s something that I will never forget. I hope that you’ll treat someone to the same gift this season. You’ll be creating a memory that will be savored for more years than you can imagine.