Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days of Christmas and Holiday Cheer!
Hello everyone! It’s Lisa, and I’m so excited to bring you my first post for this Holiday celebration! Today I’ve got your Photo of the Day assignment, a little challenge for you, and some holiday fun facts. But before we get to that, we have a fantastic special offer from Danielle Young. Check out the wonderful kit she is offering FREE with a $10 purchase from her shop!
Thank you so much, Danielle!
For our holiday facts today I thought it might be fun to learn a bit about the traditional 12 Days of Christmas since they are the inspiration for this event. So here we go!
The Twelve Days of Christmas are the festive days beginning Christmas Day (25 December). This period is also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide. The Twelfth Night of Christmas is always on the evening of 5 January, but the Twelfth Day can either precede or follow the Twelfth Night according to which Christian tradition is followed. Twelfth Night is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on 6 January. In some traditions, the first day of Epiphany (6 January) and the twelfth day of Christmas overlap.
Over the centuries, differing churches and sects of Christianity have changed the actual traditions, time frame and their interpretations. St. Stephen’s Day (or Boxing Day), for example, is 26 December in the Western Church and 27 December in the Eastern Church. Boxing Day, the first weekday after Christmas, is observed as a legal holiday in parts of the Commonwealth of Nations; Boxing Day was traditionally marked by the giving of Christmas boxes to service workers (such as postal workers and tradespeople) in the United Kingdom. 28 December is Childermas or the Feast of the Innocents. Currently, the twelve days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the world. For example, some give gifts only on Christmas Day, some only on Twelfth Night, and some each of the twelve nights.
With the onset of more Americanized and secular traditions over the past two centuries (such as the American “Santa Claus”), the rise in popularity of Christmas Eve itself as a holiday, and of New Year’s Eve parties, the traditions of the Twelve Days of Christmas have been largely forgotten in the U.S. This is also heightened by the commercial practice to have after-Christmas sales begin on 26 December and run usually until New Year’s Eve. Indeed, contemporary marketing and media tend to espouse the (erroneous) belief that the Twelve Days end on Christmas and thus begin 14 December. (Source: Wikipedia)
So as you can see, our event is deviating from the time period of the “traditional” Twelve Days, but since the actual holidays are such a busy time we wanted to get things started early so everyone has time to participate. Now on to today’s photo!
Photo of the Day: Today’s photo assignment is all about color! Red/Green/Gold/Silver are the traditional colors of Christmas, so we would love to see your photos featuring those colors. As always, feel free to be as creative as you wish with the subject of your photo – A festive poinsettia or a bowl of juicy strawberries, waxy holly leaves or your favorite coffee cup, shiny gold and silver ornaments, tinsel, a treasured piece of jewelry or perhaps an ornate clock face – Again, limitless possibilities and anything goes as long as it showcases one of these colors.
(Frame from Be Merry by TaylorMade and Ashalee Wall)
And now for that challenge I mentioned earlier! (Did someone say PRIZES?)
In keeping with our theme of COLOR, we would like you to take your photo from today and scrap a page with it using the same color featured in your photo as the predominant color of your layout – You can use additional accent colors, but we would like the main color of the layout to match that featured in your photo. Pretty easy, right? We know this is a busy time of year, so we didn’t want to make things too hard on you.
Once you have scrapped your challenge layout, using at least 80% Oscraps products, be sure to post it in our Holiday Forum & Special O-vents gallery. Then when the challenge is over, Mr. Random will help us choose two lucky winners to receive the fabulous prizes generously donated by our amazing Oscraps designers: a $5 coupon from Creations by Tinamarie and a $5 coupon from Maya de Groot! The deadline for posting is December 31st – So have fun, get scrapping, and be sure to join us back here tomorrow for more Holiday Cheer!