Did you know that today, January 6th, is the 12th day of Christmas? I know many people think the 12 days of Christmas is the lead-up to Christmas Day but it actually occurs after. In the Christian church, we celebrate January 6th (the 12th day) as Epiphany – when the Wise Men (the first Gentiles) arrived to worship Jesus. Some Orthodox churches actually wait until today to celebrate Christmas! As a Lutheran, we celebrate Christmas on December 25th, but continue our celebrations through Epiphany. For example, we always leave our tree up until at least now. Sometimes, we give small gifts throughout the 12 days of Christmas, leading up to Epiphany.
In keeping with the 12 days of Christmas, I have a clever and frugal gift idea to share with you today! (And I promise it’s okay if you use it before Christmas, too!) I can’t claim full credit because the idea came from my husband’s school, where the principal and office staff did this for all the teachers.
It’s a simple celebration of the 12 days of ChexMas!
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Who doesn’t love Chex Mix? Growing up, Mom made us the traditional chex mix as well as our favorite muddy buddies (the chocolate and powdered sugar variety). Now, did you know there are dozens upon dozens different recipes for Chex Mix? I kid you not! A quick search on Pinterest will show you just what I mean. Sewlicious actually wrote a post sharing 100 different Chex Mix recipes!
The idea of the 12 Days of ChexMas is simple. Every day, for 12 days, give someone a gift of a different bag of Chex Mix. The office staff gave the teachers a festive sandwich size bag of the Chex Mix for the day. It had a sticker on it that told the variety, but you could easily write on the bag with a sharpie. The Chex Mix could also be given in a jar or another container, but sandwich bags are the frugal option if you are doing this for 12 days. Wilton also sells treat bags, which come in 12 count packages, for various occasions, if you want to use those. You can find lots of options on Amazon here.
The options for personalization are endless. I’ve included a list below (with recipe links) for 12 different varieties of Chex Mix – one for each day. (I also created a free printable with all the recipes to make it easier to recreate.) All of the recipes I used in this list are from the official Chex Mix site.
Feel free to mix and match varieties or change flavors based on your preferences. You might be surprised to discover some new favorites along the way! For example, even though the Dill Pickle Ranch Chex Mix sounds like an odd combination, it was one of our favorites. Chocolate Chex Caramel Crunch may be even more delicious than the traditional Muddy Buddies, too! My one recommendation would be to alternate a sweet with a savory, if you can.
I absolutely love this idea for the 12 Days of ChexMas, especially if you want to give gifts to a large number of people – without a large expense. I think this would be a great gift idea for school children to give their teachers in the days leading up to Christmas break. If you have several children, with several different teachers, this is a frugal and unique gift idea that is sure to be appreciated.
You don’t even have to wait for Christmas to do this! Know someone who loves Chex Mix? Surprise them with a variety of flavors for their birthday…or just because. It will be a practical and unique gift that they are sure to remember.
Here are 12 recipes to use when you are ready to celebrate the 12 Days of ChexMas.
Day 1: Original Chex Mix
Day 2: Dill Pickle Ranch Chex Mix
Day 3: Snickerdoodle Chex Mix
Day 4: Tex Chex Party Mix
Day 5: Gingerbread Chex Mix
Day 6: Tequila Lime Chex Mix
Day 7: Chex Muddy Buddies
Day 10: Loaded Baked Potato Chex Mix
Day 12: Cheesy Ranch Chex Mix
If you want to substitute another variety of Chex Mix on any given day, be sure to check out the Chex Mix site with dozens upon dozens of different Chex Mix recipes.
To download a free printable of the 12 Days of ChexMas Recipes, you can do so here. Be sure to pin this idea for later so you don’t forget this simple and fun gift idea! And before you go, I’d love to know – what’s your favorite flavor of Chex Mix?