Technically speaking the Twelve Days of Christmas begin on Christmas and lead up to the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6), but who’s really counting? And who wants all those gifts after Christmas anyway? The time to be thinking about partridges and golden rings is now, my friends.
With that in mind I offer to you a suggestion of one of the finest and most beautiful things you could give someone you love this year: Stick Candles.
My friend, Doug Collum, began making these clever candles, inspired by his surroundings in magical Old Forge, New York — cast from sticks, twigs and branches, in 2010. I loved them so much that I had to open a shop, Abel & Lovely, so I could get them wholesale. He’s come a long way since then: Martha Stewart and the likes, and he moved his operations from the Adirondacks to North Carolina. Doug and his candles remain two of my most favorite things on Earth. Give them generously to everyone you know this holiday season.
Side note: Apparently the earliest known version of the Twelve Days lyrics was published in London under the title "The Twelve Days of Christmas sung at King Pepin's Ball", as part of a 1780 children's book, Mirth without Mischief.
To which I would respond, why bother?
Mirth, mischief, candlelight, December holidays … all of it. The best.