December 12, 2012, is a date that will prove busy for numerologists and event planners, too. Like the other triple-dates of previous years, the 12th day of the 12th month in the 12th year of the new millennium will see a fair share of weddings for lovebirds looking for a memorable and quirky anniversary date. It’s also the night of the “12.12.12: The Concert for Sandy Relief.” But for those of you not attending the concert or a wedding, where is the celebration? Why, right in your home!
Below are some quick and easy ideas for fun “12”-themed activities, games, foods, and more you can do at home. The ideas – in a half-dozen categories – span across age groups, so whether you’ll celebrate with adults or just have a little fun with your kids, you’ll be able to make your own, once-in-a-lifetime celebration.
#1 – FOOD: Serve food that typically comes in quantities or measurements of “12,” such as a dozen eggs (make 12 deviled eggs!), a foot-long sub from Subway, a dozen rolls, a dozen donuts, a dozen cupcakes, a 12-inch cake or cookie, or a 12-inch pizza. For drinks, serve sodas or juices in 12-oz cans (grown-ups can also have beer!).
#2 – DECORATIONS: Decorate with a dozen roses or, since we’re in the Christmas season, images or items that represent the upcoming “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
#3 – MOVIES: Have a family film fest with movies that have the number 12 in them, such as Cheaper by the Dozen (2003) or Twelfth Night (1996), both of which are rated PG. For older kids, teens, or adults, you have even more choices: Oceans Twelve (2004), 12 Rounds (2009), Twelve (2010), 12 Monkeys (1995), 12 Angry Men (1997 or 1957 versions), or The Dirty Dozen (1967).
#4 – GAMES: 12-12-12 presents a good opportunity to play number-based games. Some traditional ones include dominoes, card games, Yahtzee and other dice games, or Monopoly. For the newer generation, Common Sense Media has a good list of Math Apps and Learning Tools for Kids and sites such as Cool Math for Kids have free online games. For smaller kids, give them a ruler (12 inches!) and have them go around the house measuring things.
#5 – SYMBOLS/EXPRESSIONS: Talk about the ways that the number 12 is a part of the everyday world: there are 12 hours in the AM and in the PM and there are 12 months in a year; in astrology there are 12 signs in the Zodiac; and there were 12 apostles of Christ. Also talk about common expressions: baker’s dozen; a dime a dozen; six of one, half a dozen of another; and so on. Talk about famous songs or books (12 Days of Christmas, 12 Angry Men, and Twelfth Night). You can even visit the Wikipedia page about the number 12 for more “trivia” about the number 12.
#6 – KINDNESS: Use this unique day to do something special for others. Today is the 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief, broadcast worldwide at 7:30 pm. It’s going to be a great show with top-notch artists including Sir Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, and more, and on the official site you can make a donation</a> to help our neighbors to the north. Also, the Celebrate 121212 – World Day of InterConnectedness website encourages everyone worldwide to “take some time on December 12, 2012 – perhaps at 12:12 or throughout the day – to celebrate the simple yet transformative understanding that we are all interconnected in the living system called Planet Earth.” The site lists ideas for how to put this spirit into action. Other easy ideas: send a $12 check to one charity (or 12 of them!) of your choice, donate 12 toys to a Toys for Tots or Angel Tree drive, make 12 special prayers for others, shop for 12 items for a food drive, make a list of 12 good deeds you can do for neighbors, or select 12 charities to which you will donate money, resources, or time next year. And of course, all families should give each other 12 kisses and 12 hugs. 🙂