CHRISTMAS BUCKET LIST.
THIS IS HAPPENING.
Christmas is my favourite time of year.
It has always, always been magical to me. The lights, the decorations, the music… and holy moly, the smell of a real Christmas tree is like a drug to me.
Growing up, my parents did everything they could to make Christmas as magical as possible for my sisters and me. From the way the Christmas tree would be secretly delivered by the “angels” one random night each December, to the family trips in the mini van to see the best lights in the neighbourhood, to the marathon baking sessions in which we pumped out approximately 10,000 festively shaped shortbread cookies, to the abundant feast at the dinner table on Christmas Eve – my heart has always been its most full at Christmas time.
The thing is, Christmas time as an adult is harder than I thought it would be!
Now that I’m a wife and mother, my family’s Christmas magic is my responsibility. And that’s fine. Great, actually. The idea of being in charge of Christmas is downright exciting. Oh, the possibilities!
But also, I’m really disorganized. Eeeep. I have that classic millennial “I’ll get around to it later” attitude when it comes to all the big things. As a result, Christmas hasn’t ever quite looked the way I pictured it would.
This year, I’m taking charge.
I’m being pro-active. I’m making a Christmas bucket list, checking it twice (ha! But… seriously) and I’m making sure we make the most of this glorious season.
Are you like me?
Need a little help in getting on top of the silly season? The good news is, this Christmas Bucket list is for you, too.
Oh, and no matter where you live, whether it’s hot or cold (hot here. Blah.) this list will work for you!
Are you with me?
Let’s do this!
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The Ultimate Christmas Bucket List
1. Hit the shops with the family (or the husband. Or the boyfriend) and have each person pick one ornament for the Christmas tree
2. Put up the Christmas tree while listening to your favourite Christmas album
3. Buy a poinsettia and put it somewhere in your home
4. Add cinnamon and brown sugar to your coffee or hot chocolate
5. Make a Christmas playlist… and blast it!
6. Write Christmas cards for friends and family
7. Get a Santa photo (this one’s not just for kids, BTW. Grown-up Santa photos would be a hilarious addition to your photo album!)
8. Buy Christmas jammies (I adore this lovely little onesie for ladies, this hilarious elf suit for men, and this cute set OH AND THIS RIDICULOUSLY CUTE ONE too for families!)
9. Bake Christmas cookies
10. Drive around the neighbourhood to look at Christmas lights (check Google for the most impressive ones in your area!)
11. Roast some chestnuts or bake some candied pecans
12. Watch some favourite Christmas movies
13. Snag yourself an epic Christmas mug (last week I scoped out these 13 sassy bad boys and I CANNOT pick a favourite!)
14. Attend a free Christmas event in your neighbourhood (Not sure what’s happening locally? Just check out your city council’s website or Facebook page and you’re sure to strike gold!)
15. Wrap Christmas gifts (check out Pinterest for some beautiful, unique gift wrapping ideas)
16. Decorate a gingerbread house (this traditional kit is perfect, or alternatively this Gingerbread House Silicone Baking Kit is on sale right now! And for something totally un-traditional, this Gingerbread Camper Kit is seriously cute.)
17. Create a handmade decoration (I’m going to try this ridiculously gorgeous tiny star wall hanging, but I also love this quaint, minimal wreath.)
18. Donate some food to a local church or shelter – check first what their greatest needs are
19. Have a slumber party under the twinkling lights of the tree
20. Whip up a batch of eggnog and a Christmas tree cheeseboard and have friends over for Christmas drinks and nibbles
21. Get a Christmas stove top potpourri simmering on your stove
22. Do a random act of kindness for a friend, colleague or neighbour in need
23. Find a Christmas market and hit it up with your mum, sister or bestie
24. Spend an evening looking at old family photos and videos
25. Light a Christmas scented candle (I don’t think you can go wrong with Fresh Cut Christmas Tree or Christmas Cookie
26. Read a Christmas story (I adore this unique guide pairing classic Christmas stories with festive desserts – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer + a skillet brownie sundae anyone?!)
27. Learn how to cook a new dish to bring to a Christmas dinner
28. Take Christmas photos of yourself and your loved ones… bonus points if you wear Santa hats!
29. Host a Christmas party for your friends (check out our tips for hosting a kick-ass dinner party!)
30. Write a list in a journal of everything you are grateful for this year
Just reading this list is giving me all the Christmassy feels. I’m so excited!
As alluded in the title up there, I’ve made a printable version of this list, and the best part? After each list item, there’s a little spot where you can write the date on which you intend to tick the item off. It’s like a Christmas bucket list and planner, all in one!
PLUS I’ve generously left a few lines where you can add anything that I’ve missed, but that is important for you and your family, because the beauty of Christmas is that we all do it a little differently.
This free printable is AWESOME… but my mailing list is even better!
Signing up to receive this free printable does NOT automatically place you on my mailing list – but you should totally jump in on it!
My advice is to sit down with your printed list, fill out all your dates, stick it on the fridge and make sure you don’t miss a thing this Christmas season!
The question is… what are you going to tick off first?!
Happy Christmas Season, y’all! If you think this list is going to help make your Christmas great, don’t forget to share it with your friends on Pinterest/Facebook/Twitter/etc by clicking the buttons at the very bottom of the post!
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