Christmas Bucket List And Some Jokes Too!
Updated: Dec 6, 2021
The holidays always seem to sneak up on me. No matter how hard I try to be organized I feel overwhelmed with so many things to do. I remember, oh crap, the kids need a Secret Santa gift, or a Toys for Tots gift I forgot to buy. Shoot, I forgot to grab the drinks I signed up on Sign Up Genius for the school party, and the Angel Tree gift needs to be wrapped and tagged. The anxiety grows and I muddle through, then it’s over. I am exhausted and before I know it, I’m taking down the decorations. Poof it went as fast as it came, and I don’t even remember it.
I WANT TO ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS! Soooooo, I decided to create a holiday bucket list and I am forcing myself to stick to it. I have listed some ideas below. If you’d like to throw caution to the wind and enjoy your holiday too – download the free template I’ve provided and create your own bucket list for you and your family too!
1) Connect with an old friend who lives out of town – Set up a zoom call to chat and have a glass of wine, or better yet find some time to get together in person.
2) Read aloud – Choose a family friendly Christmas book and read a chapter each night of the month!
3) Christmas Movie Night – Choose a holiday movie, baked movie themed cookies, pop popcorn and wear your Christmas jammies. Cuddle up on the couch by a warm fire and enjoy.
4) Gingerbread House Contest – Each family member makes their own gingerbread house. Post the pictures on social media and ask people to vote on their favorite. The winner gets a prize!
5) Christmas Playlist – Better than a mixed tape, right? Create a playlist on your phone or on pandora with your favorite Christmas tunes. Play that puppy on full blast each night while you’re cooking dinner.
6) Homemade Hot Chocolate – YUMMY! Make a special treat one night and make some homemade hot chocolate. You can do it in the crockpot – super easy. Have some whipped cream, sprinkle toppings and marshmallows to throw in. Oh, and don’t forget the candy cane sticks.
7) DON’T DO THE ELF – That’s right…lol! Skip the elf, start a new tradition 😊 Okay do the elf if you want to!
8) Christmas Light Tour – Take a drive around town and look at everyone’s Christmas lights, of course while blasting your Christmas playlist in the car.
9) Christmas Ornament Notes – Cut out red and green circles that look like Christmas ornaments. Each night throughout the month of December - write something nice on the ornament and hang in the door for your kids or significant other. Simple notes like, I love you, your beautiful, your smart, your funny…whatever nice things you want to tell them.
10) Homemade Secret Santa – Okay so I know I talked about the stress of Secret Santa, but this one is different. On a piece of paper write down the names of all the people that live in your house. But them in a hat and draw names. Each person needs to handmake a gift for the person whose name they drew. Give the gifts to each other on Christmas Eve.
11) Holiday Show – Go see the nutcracker, or some other show in your local theater for Christmas.
12) Ice Skating – Basically just what it says, go ice skating. Preferably somewhere outside with a Christmas tree.
13) Clean out the closet – Donate your old jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets to the local shelter.
14) Caroling – How fun! I am not sure that anyone would like to hear me sing, but I do love caroling.
15) Random Act of Kindness – Do something kind anonymously for someone else.
16) Wear An Ugly Christmas Sweater – coordinate with your family and everyone wear an ugly Christmas sweater to work or school on the same day. Don’t forget to take a picture and post on social media, because let’s be honest if it isn’t on social media – did it really happen? Lol!
17) Just Sit – Yep that’s right! Take some time to sit still and do absolutely nothing. You can wear a Santa hat to make it Christmassy.
18) Mistletoe – Kiss someone under the mistletoe. Pucker up!
19) Play a game – Choose a game and play one night after dinner, even if it is only for 30 minutes. My family loves Jenga!
20) Porch Gift – Leave a gift for your neighbor on their porch. Don’t tell them who it is from.
I hope you got some great ideas from this post and will have a wonderfully Merry Christmas. Wish me luck with my bucket list, I’m already behind, but I’m going to keep trying 😊