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12 Days of Christmas Ornaments | Gifts & Décor

Updated on August 22, 2014

Collect and Display 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments

Based on one of the most beloved Christmas carols, these 12 Days of Christmas ornaments will make your Christmas tree sparkle this holiday season. Collect and display ornaments representing all the gifts in the song.

Not only is the "12 Days of Christmas" a unique holiday decorating theme, but these ornaments are also collectibles that you can keep and treasure forever, or hand down as heirloom ornaments. If you've been hunting for a 12 Days of Christmas ornament set, look no further.

Find a finely crafted ornament set that fits your holiday decorating theme.

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Jim Shore 12 Days of Christmas Decoupage Ornaments  

If you want something other than the traditional red and green bulbs, a set of multicolored pastel ornaments are just the thing.

These 3-inch handcrafted paper decoupage ornaments represent each of the 12 days of Christmas with the corresponding verse, plus 2 ornaments with song lyrics on them -- 14 ornaments in all. The ornaments have a ribbon for easy hanging, and the set comes with a decorative storage box.

Jim Shore collectibles are inspired by the artist's Southern roots. The Christmas ornaments themselves borrow elements from folk art and traditional patchwork quilt-making. These ornaments were a sold out item on QVC and are hard to find. If you want this popular item, don't dally.

Decorating Theme: Vintage, Shabby Chic

Kurt Adler 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments

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Kurt Adler 12 Days of Christmas Ornaments  

This is the ornament set for those who are looking for something overtly "Christmassy." The red bulbs with gold glitter numbers and gold accents are a classic holiday combination. Comes in a set of 12.

Decorating Theme: Traditional Red & Green

12 Days of Christmas Tree Ornaments

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White Glass Ornaments Handpainted Boxed Set  

The simplicity and whimsical colors of this set lend a joyful feel to the season. You can pair them with any colors and almost any theme of holiday décor.

Decorating Theme: Victorian, Country, Minimalist, Religious, Nature

A Christmas Story Leg Lamp  

A Christmas Story is a holiday classic, both for Baby Boomers, who were kids in the era when the story was set, and for those who grew up in the 80's, when the movie came out. Ralphie and his family shared Christmas memories with us that we'll never forget.

Ralphie's dad won this lamp in the sweepstakes, and boy, was he proud of it. Get your own leg lamp in full size (complete with "Fra-JEE-lay" box), or desktop size.

"12 Days" Celebration Ideas

Wear a new holiday sweater everyday.

Make a special holiday dish every night.

Exchange small handmade gifts each day.

Make a different Christmas craft on each of the 12 days.

Watch a different holiday movie each day.

What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?

When Are the 12 Days of Christmas?

In Christian traditions, the 12 Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and end on January 5, also known as Twelfth Night. Epiphany, the Christian church's celebration of the Three Wise Men's visit and presentation of gifts to baby Jesus, follows on January 6.

The first known printed version of the 12 Days of Christmas song appeared in an English children's book in 1780. It is believed that the song originated as a memory game played at Twelfth Night celebrations.

Today, the 12 days of Christmas aren't celebrated as widely as they once were, but some people carry on some of the traditions such as lighting a candle each of the 12 nights, exchanging gifts and continuing the Christmas celebration through Epiphany, and burning a yule log each night. The tradition of taking down Christmas decorations by the Twelfth Night (January 5th) to avoid bad luck still endures today.

Do You Know the 12 Days of Christmas Lyrics?

Twelve drummers drumming

Eleven pipers piping

Ten lords a-leaping

Nine ladies dancing

Eight maids a-milking

Seven swans a-swimming

Six geese a-laying

Five golden rings

Four calling birds

Three French hens

Two turtle doves...

...and a partridge in a pear tree

I'm partial to traditional red and green, or Victorian (gold and muted colors) myself, but which of these ornament sets fits YOUR theme?

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      Kathy Welter 13 months ago

      I have 2 sets of these; one on the tree and the other I'd like to display. Looking for ideas.