Thursday, December 15, 2011

On the 4th Day of Christmas Creativity...

It's the 4th Day of our 12 Days of Christmas Creativity blog-fest!  Yay!  That means it's my turn to host again!

Before I share a freebie with you today, I want to talk about Christmas Music.  One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the wealth of beautiful music available to celebrate the season.  If I had to pick a favorite song, I don't think I could!  For many years, when we lived in Connecticut, I sang in a concert choir.  It was one of my favorite parts of celebrating Christmas.  I really miss it so much.  I think we need to start one here in Arizona!  Through that experience I really fell in love with choral music.

I was thinking about the song the 12 Days of Christmas which is fun but also very, very long.  We like to do sing-a-longs at our house during December.  This one is generally not my favorite just because it seems so endless.  Once at a Christmas party we did something fun with this song, though, and I thought I'd share it with you.

Here's what you do.  You need a good amount of people at your party to do this.  Divide everyone up into 12 groups and give them each one of the 12 Days.  Each group sings their line when the times comes in the song.  Some people are very serious but others will really get into it and do crazy things for their line.  It makes the song so fun and no one seems to mind that it's super duper long when you are cracking up the whole way through it.  Make sure you give your wackier groups the lower numbers since you'll get to hear them more often than the higher ones.  Have fun at your next Christmas party with it!

On to the freebie!  It's the 4th Day of Christmas, so of course I'm going to share with you my Four Calling Birds Tag!  I was struck by how many bird related items are in this song.  Kind of funny, isn't it?  Good thing I can think of lots of different ways to draw birds.

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This design will only be up for today, so be sure to grab it while you are here! Click to download your favorite file type:

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Want a little peek at the other days?  Here are Two Turtle Doves and Three French Hens.  These will be in the whole set you can win! See below for details.



Want em?  Here's how you can win them!

Here are the prizes:

1) The whole set of 12 Days of Christmas Tags
2) $10 gift code to Sam & Hailey Designs
3) $10 Michaels Gift Card
4) The December VDBC Grab Bag (or a $7 gift code to Sam & Hailey Designs if you have already purchased it)

How can you win them? On the 12th Day (that will be the 23rd for our little blog-fest) I'll hold a drawing for each one of the prizes (that's four drawings in one day... I think I can handle it!). All you have to do to enter is comment on my blog to enter. You can comment on my blog on each of the 12 days so you'll have up to 12 entries in the drawings! Each day I'll have a new thing I'll ask you to include in your comment so keep an eye out for that. It's as simple as that!

Today's comment requirement:

Leave a comment with your favorite Christmas song (if you can possibly pick one)!


Be sure to include some way to contact you in case you win the drawing (for example, your VDBC forum name, your email address, etc.). If you don't, I might not be able to get your prize to you!

Check back tomorrow to see what we have in store for you on the 5th day!  Ileana will be hosting, and I know it will be fun!

Time to get crafty, people!

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

My favorite song is Oh Holy Night and Drummer Boy. Oh Oh, I picked two.
Ruby

Val from Oz said...

My favourite Christmas song is also Drummer Boy. Tho I have a CD with the Disney characters doing 12 days of Christmas & that is quite fun to listen to.......

Caroline said...

Thank you for the freebie. My favourite Christmas songs are "An Australian 12 Days of Christmas" (lyrics here: http://www.thechristmastreefarm.com.au/blog/australian-12-days-of-christmas-lyrics/ ) and Jingle Bell Rock. My always favourites are "We Three Kings" and "Away in a Manger"

Anonymous said...

I love these tags, they are absolutely beautiful. White Christmas is my favorite song but Rudolph is a close second :)
Elizabeth aka scramper75
echarleton at hotmail.com

Kathy Serrahn said...

Silent Night is my favorite.
your tags are beautiful

Adeline E. Brill said...

My absolute favorite is White Christmas with Bing Crosby!

hrk_md said...

My favorite carol is a relatively new, non traditional one called " Do They Know its Christmas Time" by Band Aid.

Margie said...

Thanks for the freebie! I love "The First Noel"

moovet said...

Thanks so much for the tag. My favorite is Do you hear what I hear.

doodlingdebbie said...

First, thank you Jan for the lovely cutting files. I adore the Twelve Days of Christmas. So many Christmas songs move me but one of my very most favorite songs is; Do You See What I See.

Here is a beautfil YouTube video with the song.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzKdtQ4iFQU&feature=related

XXX,
Debbie

momof5 said...

Oh there are so many, but I really love Mary's Lullaby sung by Amy Grant. Thanks for the freebie.

Barbara said...

dunflamCarol of the Bells!

Lucky Charm Crafts by Lynn Barwald said...

Thanks Jan! What fun! My favorite Christmas song is Rudolph the red nose reindeer. :)

bzyPTmom said...

Love your calling birds tag--awesome! I love Christmas music too--I used to sing in our church choir, right now time and health restricts this but my hubby still sings with the choir, last Sunday they did the Agnus Dei cantata by Michael W. Smith, gorgeous! Probably my all time fav is Do you Hear what I hear and also love O Holy Night.

Jeanette said...

I love your days of christmas files...really beautiful. My favorite christmas song is O Holy Night! Thank you for the free file. Jeanette

Esther W-B said...

Thank you for another cute tag! My favorite song is O Holy Night and I have purchased many CDs just for that one song.

Margie said...

Love the 12 Days of Christmas designs! Thanks for sharing. My song is Silent Night. At our Christmas Eve church service, we close by lowering all the lights and, starting with the light from the Christ Candle of the Advent Wreath, each congregant lights his neighbor's candle thus sharing Christ's light, until only the candles are glowing, all done as we sing this hymn. Watching from the choir loft, it is such a moving experience.

Sandra from NC said...

Oh picking a favorits is hard. My favorite Christmas hymn is "O Holy Night", next favorite is Silent night. Several of my secular favorites are... White Christmas (also love the movie :)) & Winter Wonderland,

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the pretty tag. I love "Oh Holy Night", but hearing little ones sing "Away in a Manger" has me in tears every time!!

And check out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.. this is a link to Carol of the Bells http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vNcGlM8O3I

What an awesome band!!

Andrea

Donna Mckinley said...

Grandma got run over by a reindeer coming home from our house Christmas Eve. :)

A-M said...

My favourite is " Mary Did you Know" .

Your little cards are so nice. Will you be selling the files aferwards as I would like them all.

You should be able to contact me through my google account.

Janet Baldwin said...

Gorgeous Tags! Love them. My favourite Christmas song - O Holy Night - it brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it!

Heidi said...

Silent Night! Love it! Thanks for the freebie!

Jun Bug House said...

Really really really hard one to answer.
But I love the hymn type songs.
Oh holy Night, Silent Night, Away in a Manger.
Ones like that.
But I will take any of it, any time of year.
Thank you for the tags.
I hope I can win the rest.
Wait, is that selfish???
Thanks kiddo.
**U**
Nance

Barbara said...

I'm so upset with myself. I right-clicked on the file name and saved it rather than left clicking and going to the download site. All I have until today are shortcuts in my folder.

Sandy B said...

Mine is Oh Holy Night too.

scrapn said...

My favorite Carol is "Carol of the Bells". I have so many I love, but this one just has always been one I have to listen to if it is playing. I also am a Choral Singer & there is the version I learned that I love. That I believe is the "true version".
Your 12 days of Christmas tags are beautiful! I hope I can win!
Thanks for sharing!
Kathy

Lynn C. said...

My favorite is We Three Kings - and humorous one is Grandma Got Run Over.
Love your tags and thanks for the free files.

wordperfectqueen@yahoo.com

Kerry said...

I'm bummed that I missed the 1st 3 days! I have wonderful memories of family that revolve around White Christmas.

TonyaKaye said...

Angels we have heard on high is one of my favorite songs. Thank you for sharing.

Carol said...

These tags are all so cute! Thanks for the freebie. Yes, it is hard to pick a favorite, but one of my favorites is I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.

Anna said...

Thanks so much Jan for the awesome file. These are just so cute. My favorite CHRISTmas song would be Silent Night. And any by Elvis :)

Aeryn said...

Thank you so much for the beautiful tag!! My fav Christmas song is a little unusual, it by The Chipmunks called Christmas Song. It was always my fav when I was young and still is :-)

Jody
aerynx at gmail dot com

Vicki L said...

My favorite Christmas song at this moment is Mary's Little Boy Child.

Vicki L
SongbirdVB at aol.com

Thank you for the lovely file!!

Renae said...

my favorite Christmas song is the Christmas Song. You know, Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, etc...

My husbands barbershop chorus does your 12 days of Christmas most years at their holiday concert. 12 of the member disperse into the crowd dressed as elves and divide up the audience into the 12 parts. It is a lot of fun!

rpcrafter at gmail dot com

lilred said...

My favorite Christmas Song is "Mary Did You Know". I love this song. If I'm in a bad mood and I play it, I can feel peace and my bad mood is not there anymore. Thank you for the wonderful freebie. Much Appreciated.

2KutiesGrandma said...

My traditional favorite is Oh Holy Night. But this year I have been hearing I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas on the radio for the first time. I was amazed to learn that song came out in 1953!!

Pam S said...

Oh Holy Night , no wait, anything my Manheim Steamroller!

Anonymous said...

Wow, only one? Can't -- but Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer is so much fun -- I used to clog to that in the local parade. But there are way too many good ones -- White Christmas, Holly Jolly Christmas, etc. These tags are great, BTW. Thanks.
Melody
punkin1701@gmail.com

snowdraak said...

My favourite Christmas song is Greensleeves because one of my daughters plays it as a baritone solo in band and SOGO. Funny that it originally wasn't a Christmas song.
Thanks for the chance to win.
Alison
fourkidstwocats at msn dot com

Denise Foor said...

Joy to the World....says it all. Thanks for the wonderful file.

Kelly S said...

It isn't one of the most popular ones, but I really love Suzy Snowflake. It always makes me smile.

Andrea said...

Mary Did You Know, sung by the writer, Mark Lowry!

Debbie in LA said...

I belong to a Sweet Adelines International women's chorus. You can easily find one in Arizona to sing with. It is great fun. Our parody song of 12 Days for the calling birds says, "The 4 calling birds were a big mistake for their language was obscene!" I think that "Mary, Did You Know" is my fave. You can send my great winnings to soccerdebla08 at gmail dot com.

Marda said...

My favorite song has always been the "First Noel".

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