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So here we are...t-minus 17 days till Christmas. I am hearing some cheers and a few groans from the crowd.
I know, I am in the same boat. Excited for the holiday, but as always, feeling completely unprepared.
|Two new additions to our home's vintage kitsch-mas collection that the hubby and I acquired over the last few months.|
What I really need is a Christmas tune to get me into the mood.
How about The Twelve Days of Christmas?
Not just any version of The Twelve Days of Christmas...but a Unique Picks version with fantastic finds from etsy sellers! Let's put a modern spin on the lavish list of gifts from this 18th century tune.
The actual cost of buying all of the gifts from The Twelve Days of Christmas, in 2011 would cost a mere $101,000, according to PNC Wealth Management in this article from TIME magazine online. These finds from etsy are not only unique, they are a little more practical and are actually affordable when you compare it to the rising cost of buying fowl and dancing girls (plus tip) these days.
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
A Partridge in a pear tree.
|Show stopping 1970's partridge in a pear tree needlepoint embroidery from drowsy swords vintage on etsy.|
On the Second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me...
Two Turtle Doves...
...and a partridge in a pear tree.
On the Third Day of Christmas my true love gave to me
|Ah HA! So that is what a turtle dove is. Adorable original designed cut paper note card from Starfly Creations on etsy.|
|These little rubber hens are prefect for crafting and can be found in High Pie Supply's shop on etsy.|
...two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
On the Fourth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Four Colly Birds...
(Whaaat? I thought it was calling birds. Nope. Colly Birds. What the heck is a Colly Bird? What the heck is a Calling bird? Exactly.)
A Colly Bird is an old English term for a black bird and it somehow got twisted in translation to "calling bird" in the lyrics of the song according to this enlightening article from Bird Watcher's General Store.
|O.k., so maybe these aren't blackbirds, but they are Victorian Calling cards that have beautiful bird illustrations, and I think that should count for something. These Antique calling cards can be found in Stuff To Charm You's etsy shop.|
Three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
On the Fifth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Five Golden rings...
|Who said the gold rings had to be for your fingers? This vintage gold tone ring statement necklace is from Antiquesnoddities on etsy.|
four colly birds, three french hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.
On the Sixth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Six Geese -A- Laying...
|I literally love this original watercolor artwork by John Tebeau on etsy|
And yada, yada, yada (did she just yada The Twelve Days of Christmas verse? Yes.)
On the Seventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Seven Swans -A- Swimming...
|Gorgeous 1960's ice bucket decked out with gold swans from Dainty Rocker on etsy.|
you carry on with the singing...your voice is better.
On the Eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eight Maids -A- Milking
|Who needs eight milk maids when you could have one terrific vintage milk maid planter from Any Old Time's etsy shop.|
where were we?
On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Nine Ladies Dancing...
|Well, two ladies will do. I don't really have space in my house for all nine of the dancers anyway. This original vintage photo is from Gwen's Sew Vintage on etsy.|
Honestly, I can't be expected to remember all the words.
On the Tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Ten Lords -A- Leaping
|Handmade leather wallet with Lads -A- Leaping, from Backerton's shop on etsy should fit the bill.|
Stick with it, we are almost there.
On the Eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Eleven Pipers Piping
|Surely this unique handmade candelabra contains at least eleven pieces of pipe. This great upcycled, industrial inspired piece is from The Artful Forger on etsy.|
Strong finish kids.
On the Twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me
Twelve Drummers Drumming
|Chippy chalkware drummer boy book ends are from The Unique Bird, my etsy shop (just a little shameless self promotion).|
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..oopsie, habit...colly birds, three french hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.
Nice! What is the grand total for all of these "Twelve Days of Christmas" inspired etsy finds...(not including shipping)? Can I get a drum roll from the twelve drummers that are drumming?
I know, what a bargain!
Don't fret about getting all of these fabulous etsy finds twelve days before the 25th. The actual Twelve Days of Christmas don't begin until the 25th and last until January 6th. Happy holiday shopping!