Four Calling Birds Chicken Wings or Salad with Grilled Chicken
Five Golden Onion Rings with Dipping Sauce
Six Geese-a-Laying Deviled Eggs or Egg Salad
Seven Swan’s a Swimming Bean Dip
Nine Ladies Dancing Fruits of the Holy Spirit Salad
Twelve Drummer’s Drumming Chicken Drumsticks
Eleven Piper’s Pretzel Rod Pipes and/or Chocolate Choir of Angels
I did end up making a few modifications to my planned menu, based on what I was able to find shopping. Here are some pictures of what we came up with:
.: A Partridge in a Pear Tree :.
Partridge in a Pear Tree = 1 Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, on the Cross
When I saw the Partridge in a Pear Tree Pie over at Taste of Home, I knew I had to try making it… It was pretty simple and turned out so cute and delicious. I didn’t have a partridge cookie cutter so I just hand cut a design with a butter knife. I also added some little leaves and cross shapes as well.
.: Two Turtle Doves :.
Two Turtle Doves = 2 Testaments (Old & New)
.: Three French Hens :.
Three French Hens = 3 Gifts of the Magi and/or 3 Virtues, Faith, Hope & Love
I made our Twelfth Night Rum Cake with three Chocolate Coins hidden inside. I had a small gift for each person that found a coin in their slice. (This year it was my husband, Chiquita and Snuggles.)
I also made some Gluten Free Mini Rum Cakes, and used Coconut Sugar for the rum syrup. You couldn’t even tell the difference. (I knew I needed some healthier options for myself or I’d never be able to resist a couple of the treats.
.: Four Calling Birds :.
Four Calling Birds = 4 Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
I planned to pick up four kinds of Chicken Wings/Appetizers for this menu item, but that was the one thing I forget to get at the store. Grilled Chicken on top of Salad, or even bird shaped sandwiches would have worked as well. Our meal was made up of mostly appetizers and desserts, but a chicken main dish could be easily incorporated here too.
Instead, I just ended up pulling our our Church Windows game for the kids to play – tying in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the 4 Gospel Writers.
.: Five Golden Rings :.
Five Golden Rings = 5 Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
Snuggles (by far our pickiest eater) decided to try one of these “Golden Rings” (Onion Rings). After taking a couple bites he asked “What’s inside this?” When nobody gave him a direct answer, just asked if he was going to eat the rest, he said, “No… It tastes odd!” lol Next time I think I might opt for dried apple rings!
.: Six Geese A-Laying :.
Six Geese A-Laying = 6 Days of Creation
Deviled Eggs made a yummy and healthy addition to the party and tied in nicely to the six geese a-laying!
.: Seven Swans A-Swimming :.
Seven Swans A-Swimming = 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Since the seven swans a-swimming represents the seven gifts of the holy spirit, I decided to serve our Pentecost seven layer dip with chips.
.: Eight Maids A-Milking :.
Eight Maid A-Milking = 8 Beatitudes
I already had some eggnog leftover from Christmas.
.: Nine Ladies Dancing :.
Nine Ladies Dancing = 9 Fruits of the Spirit
A simple fruit salad made from nine fresh fruits: Kiwi, Banana, Apple, Pear, Cantaloupe, Watermelon, Red Grapes, Oranges, and Pineapple.
.: Ten Lords A-Leeping :.
Ten Lords A-Leeping = 10 Commandments
.: Eleven Pipers Piping :.
Eleven Pipers Piping = 11 Faithful Apostles
.: Twelve Drummers Drumming :.
Twelve Drummers Drumming = 12 Points of the Apostles Creed
Originally I was going to make Chicken Drumsticks, but when I saw these Chicken Drumellas at Trader Joe’s I thought they would be
perfect quick and easy!
.: Picture Books :.
Twelve Days of Christmas Picture Books:
The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Laurel Long
The Twelve Days of Christmas Illustrated by Jan Brett
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Christmas Pop-Up Illustrated byJohn Patience
The Twelve Days of Christmas: The Story Behind a Favorite Christmas Song (not pictured)
Epiphany Picture Books Pictured:
The Last Straw by Frederick H. Thury
The Third Gift by Linda Sue Park
Baboushka and the Three Kings by Ruth Robbins
We Three Kings Illustrated by Gennady Spirin
Three Kings Original Gifts of Christmas: Gold Frankincense & Myrrh Deluxe Three Box Set