I love the song, Twelve days of Christmas – but honestly, I wouldn’t want the gifts (except the 5 gold rings). Would you want a partridge in a pear tree? I didn’t think so. However, if you could create a list of gifts that would really make an impact in your life, wouldn’t you want them? I would.
Here’s a new version of the Twelve Days of Christmas to offer pertinent gifts that will help us be excited and prepared for what lies ahead.
On the twelve days of Christmas my true love gave to me…
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me one 72 hour kit. A 72 hour kit is a great way to start your emergency preparedness plan. This could be a homemade kit or a pre-made 72 hour kit!
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me 2 first aid kits, one for the car and the other for a home emergency. First aid kits should be placed in both your home and vehicle. Accidents are unpredictable – but you know they are going to happen.
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me three kinds of lights: solar, candles and battery powered lights (like a flashlight). This way you have three forms of light and each meets your needs differently, plus they are not very expensive.
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me a 4-piece mess kit for easy eating. Eating certain foods with your fingers is difficult. A mess kit gives you something to cook with, plus something to eat with. This way you have a plate, utensils and pan to cook in. A mess kit isn’t just for Scouts; each person in your family should have one.
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me five one-gallon water containers (even a 50 gallon water drum is better than a bird in that pear tree). Water – it’s essential and you need a lot of it! FEMA recommends a gallon of water per day per person. Everyone needs water (even more than the five gold rings) to cook with and wash with.
On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave me six solar panels for a power source. A solar power source would come in handy during power outages, or even to conserve on your electric power usage.
On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me seven days worth of cooking sources so I could cook for the lords a leaping. Cooking sources can be anything from briquettes and a Dutch oven to a #10 can converted to a burner. For other cooking options, see our previous article: Cooking Without Power.
On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eight kinds of soups and sauces. Add variety to your food storage. Soups are a fabulous quick meal and a comfort food. Sauces can help stretch what you have, making it a scrumptious meal and an extra choice on your menu.
On the ninth day of Christmas my true love spoiled me with nine kinds of drinks: instant milk, milk alternative, orange delight, apple delight, chocolate milk, water pouches, frozen orange juice, frozen lemonade and vitamin water. Staying hydrated during emergencies is important.
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me ten 6-gallon storage pails with gamma lids. These are one of the best ways to store long term food storage or important preparedness items. With the easy on-off lid, it’s easy to utilize these pails for replenishing your sugar or flour canisters in your kitchen.
On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven #10 cans filled with freeze dried fruits, freeze dried vegetables, wheat, oatmeal, freeze dried meats and more. There’s a variety of food storage items that would be great for everyday use as well as long term food storage.
On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave me twelve stocking stuffers to place under our tree. From ropes and duct tape, to a knot guide, basic tools, matches, and a personal water filter. These items are tiny but will make a big impact when an emergency arises.
Now I’m sure you are excited to have your Christmas list (for you or for others) ready to go. Happy, safe, holidays!
Posted Dec10, 2015